Governor OKs allowing restaurants to ban drive-thru cyclists

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has approved a bill that would overrule Salt Lake City’s mandate that restaurants allow cyclists in drive-thru lanes.

The Republican governor signed the measure Wednesday. It would prohibit municipalities from forcing businesses to serve cyclists or pedestrians in drive-thru lanes.

The Salt Lake City rule says restaurants must serve people on two wheels if they close the lobby but continue offering drive-thru service.

That ordinance was proposed by city council member Luke Garrott. He said it makes the city less car-centric and prevents businesses from discriminating against cyclists who want to get a meal on the go.

Lawmakers argued that have cyclists mingling with vehicles in drive-thru lanes is dangerous. They also expressed concern about local government telling businesses what to do.

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