Beer Bike tour of Amsterdam increases accidents, may be cancelled
The famous way to sightsee around the Dutch captial is on a beer bike, where ten people sit around a central bar and pedal through the city, but Amsterdam officials have said due to an increase of accidents, they may have to cancel the popular tourist pastime.
The official website is beerbike.co.uk
These beer bikes are popular with bachelor and bachelorette parties, but a non-drinker is needed to steer the bike.
But two accidents involving the bikes since the start of April has prompted the city councilor responsible for transport, Hans Gerson, to investigate how many bikes there are and whether they pose a problem.
"This beer bike is completely legal, but he (Gerson) is not very enthusiastic about this idea of people drinking while being amongst traffic," a spokeswoman said.
She did say they were looking into options other than a ban though.
Ard Karsten, owner of the company said he was open to talks with the council.
A compromise could involve the council obligating all firms to supply a driver with the bike, he said.
"We're not out on the street en masse and it's simply controllable. It is about fun and teambuilding," Karsten said. "We have a very beautiful route and people simply enjoy it, but some people ruin it for others."
The bikes have already been banned in the red light district.