Amsterdam set to ban beer bikes after protests

beer bike toursOfficials in Amsterdam are planning to ban the ‘beer bike’ tourist attraction from the city centre next year, the Parool reported on Wednesday.

Large parts of the centre plus the Museumplein and Vondel park have been earmarked for the ban, which officials say is legally possible, the paper said.

The beer bikes (bierfiets) are mobile bars mainly pedaled by tourists and widely seen as a nuisance by locals. A petition against the beer bikes earlier this year was signed by 6,500 people.

This year Amsterdam introduced new routes for the bikes, reduced the amount of beer they can carry to 20 litres and stopped them playing music. Nevertheless, residents say the bikes only attract people who come to the city to party and add nothing to the provisions for ‘real’ tourists.

Ard Kasten, who runs beer bike company Dam Tours, told the paper the council is making it impossible for entrepreneurs to operate.

‘What do you think all those British tourists will do when the beer bike is gone?’ he said. ‘Do you really think they are going to join the queue for the Rijksmuseum. I don’t think so.’

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