2 Hospitalized after Pedal Pub Tips in Minneapolis

Updated: 08/19/2013 2:36 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

Pedal pub accident in Minneapolis.
Pedal pub accident in Minneapolis.
Photo: Photo courtesy of @ryanwalseth.

Five people were injured in an accident involving a pedal car - more commonly known as a pedal pub - in Minneapolis, police said Thursday afternoon.

The pedal car tipped over around 2:14 p.m. at 105 Fifth Avenue South, near downtown Minneapolis, said Cyndi Barrington, Minneapolis police spokeswoman.

Paramedics responded to the scene. Two people were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. Barrington says their injuries are "possibly serious." Three people with minor injuries were not taken to the hospital. 

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor with the driver of the peddle car. There will not be a criminal investigation since a pedal car is a non-motorized vehicle.

Police believe speed and possibly a weight distribution problem caused the pedal car to tip over.

Pedal cars have been around since about 2009 in Minneapolis. There currently are two pedal car companies in the Twin Cities.

Recently, complaints about pedal cars have been rolling into the city of Minneapolis with the explosion of the business. The industry has nearly tripled from 700 tours a season to more than 2,000.

Previous KSTP coverage about the criticism of pedal cars is available here.