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Old 06-13-11, 03:00 PM
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Legality of Party Rides

I'm looking to organize a party ride along our local bicycle river trail, that would include a few stops to socialize, drink responsibly, dance, play games, etc, but am curious if anyone has organized such events and run into legal troubles of having beer pulled behind a trailer? The goal isn't to get blasted and drunk, but to get people riding, talking, and enjoy a beer or two.
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Old 06-15-11, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by rdkopp0153 View Post
I'm looking to organize a party ride along our local bicycle river trail, that would include a few stops to socialize, drink responsibly, dance, play games, etc, but am curious if anyone has organized such events and run into legal troubles of having beer pulled behind a trailer? The goal isn't to get blasted and drunk, but to get people riding, talking, and enjoy a beer or two.

As long as there aren't any open containers, and nobody is being a jerk I doubt you'll have any problems. I toss a cold pack or something in my backpack and cart it back home on my bike heading back from work all the time, haven't been bothered yet.
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You might want to give some thoughts to personal liability issues and insurance coverage.
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Old 06-27-11, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by rdkopp0153 View Post
I'm looking to organize a party ride along our local bicycle river trail, that would include a few stops to socialize, drink responsibly, dance, play games, etc, but am curious if anyone has organized such events and run into legal troubles of having beer pulled behind a trailer? The goal isn't to get blasted and drunk, but to get people riding, talking, and enjoy a beer or two.
It would seem very likely that alcohol use there is illegal (even if the goal isn't to get "blasted and drunk").

(Legal issues aside, it could be that this would be a place where it would be easy to get away with it. Though that would depend on how discrete you are and how patrolled the area is.)

Originally Posted by manapua_man View Post
As long as there aren't any open containers, and nobody is being a jerk I doubt you'll have any problems. I toss a cold pack or something in my backpack and cart it back home on my bike heading back from work all the time, haven't been bothered yet.
It's unlikely that the cops have the x-ray vision that would be needed to determine what you are carrying.

Unless you are stopping periodically to "lighten the load", it doesn't seem this situation is anything like what the OP is planning on doing.

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Old 06-27-11, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
You might want to give some thoughts to personal liability issues and insurance coverage.
Although this is true, and worth some thought, law suits are for pricks you don't know so well. asshats looking to make a buck. The legal system is this country is a crying shame. I guess it depends on how well you know these people. Personally, my extended circle of friends would never sue me. Sounds like a great idea, though. Wish I could find out about such events in my area.
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Old 06-27-11, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
It would seem very likely that alcohol use there is illegal (even if the goal isn't to get "blasted and drunk").

(Legal issues aside, it could be that this would be a place where it would be easy to get away with it. Though that would depend on how discrete you are and how patrolled the area is.)



It's unlikely that the cops have the x-ray vision that would be needed to determine what you are carrying.

Unless you are stopping periodically to "lighten the load", it doesn't seem this situation is anything like what the OP is planning on doing.
Along the MUP here, I usually see some migrant laborers blowing off some steam after work...or their left over litter. No one seems to bother them. This bike path, though, is not very well patrolled. Also, I'm not 100% sure, but wouldn't bicyclists be held to the same standard as drivers for DUI blood alcohol levels?
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Old 06-27-11, 05:31 PM
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Here in ND you don't get a DUI on a bicycle, that honor is reserved for "motor vehicles", which can be a motorized wheel chair or lawn mower. You can, however, be cited for public intoxication.
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