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Medford votes to allow alcohol on pedicabs

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

MEDFORD, Ore. - Medford's pedicab, Pint Rider, will soon allow alcohol on-board.

This includes beer, wine and cider but no hard alcohol.

Owner Nate Olsen brought this proposal to the city as a way to make Medford an attraction.

"We're here today to hopefully make Medford more of a destination place so people stay here instead of going to other cities that you could do this on already," Olsen said.

Council member Kevin Stine was all for the business growth idea.

"I think we should allow these kinds of things to happen. We've seen [pedicabs] pop up in different states and different regions. Bend does it as well, I think it’s a good thing to try," Stine said.

He was, however, curious about some legal and safety concerns.

"We need to make sure there's safety of the individuals to make sure that there's no littler, to make sure they don't get too inebriated," Stine said.

Olsen made sure to keep those and other safety concerns in mind.

"With all the people on the bike we don't want glass falling onto the street and breaking so [plastic cups] are going to be options that we'll have," Stine said.

And with a unanimous vote the city approved to amend its open container law to allow for this.

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