Utah House OKs bill ensuring drive-thrus can deny bicyclists


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah House has approved a bill that protects the right of businesses offering drive-thru service to refuse someone on a bicycle or on foot.

House lawmakers voted 52-21Tuesday afternoon to advance the bill to the Senate.

The bill from Taylorsville Republican Rep. Johnny Anderson prohibits cities and counties from passing ordinances requiring drive-thru services be open to those not in motorized vehicles.

It also would prohibit local governments from requiring a business to keep its lobby open for the same hours as its drive-thru.

In an effort to be bicycle-friendly, Salt Lake City has passed a law requiring that businesses with a drive-thru serve cyclists.

Representatives for the restaurant and food industry say businesses should be able to decide for themselves whether they'll accommodate bicyclists or pedestrians.

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Online: HB 160: http://1.usa.gov/17bGLeZ

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