The Pedal Pubs were back rolling down the streets of Minneapolis on Thursday afternoon, following a Wednesday night crash that injured 12 passengers. Critics of the bicycle-powered vehicles are once again not happy to see the slow-moving, bar-on-wheels in the heart of their commute.
"They just go down the middle of the streets and stop traffic, or don't look where they are going," said Minneapolis resident Emma Schaetze. "Or they are yelling so much, people get distracted and start staring at them and don't see other people on the roads."
Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night, a suspected drunk driver plowed into the back of one of the Pedal Pubs on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. Minneapolis police arrested Mershon Corbett on potential charges of criminal vehicular injury and driving under the influence of alcohol.
We were told Corbett's Chevy Monte Carlo actually flipped the Pedal Pub on top of its 12 riders and company operator, pinning some of the passengers underneath. At least 4 people suffered significant injuries and spent the night receiving treatment at Hennepin County Medical Center.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people who were injured in the accident caused by a car rear ending one of our bikes on Wednesday night, June 24 in Downtown Minneapolis," said Al Boyce, managing partner of PedalPub, LLC. "We wish them all a swift recovery. The motorist is expected to be charged."