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Utah Bans Bikes In Drive-Thrus

While bike-riding McDonald’s customers in Denmark are enjoying a test run of “cycle-thru” lanes for patrons on two wheels, burger-loving cyclists in Utah now are banned from drive-thru lanes.

On March 25, Governor Gary Herbert approved a bill that would overrule Salt Lake City’s local mandate that restaurants allow cyclists in drive-thru lanes. The state measure prohibits municipalities from forcing businesses to serve cyclists or pedestrians in drive-thru lanes. The Salt Lake City rule had stated that restaurants must serve people on two wheels if they close the lobby but continue offering drive-thru service.

State lawmakers argued that co-mingling cars and bicycles in drive-thru lanes would prove dangerous. They also expressed concern about local government telling businesses what to do.