Portland could force drive-thrus to serve cyclists

Restaurants have different policies when it comes to bicycles in the drive-thru

Portland cyclists want to make roads safer for people on bikes. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland City Council is considering a proposed policy that would require drive-thru restaurants to serve cyclists and pedestrians.

The proposed ordinance (33.224.070) states:

When a drive‐through facility is open and other pedestrian‐oriented customer entrances to the business are unavailable or locked, the drive‐through facility must serve customers using modes other than a vehicle such as pedestrians and bicyclists.

If implemented, it would require restaurants to serve bicyclists and pedestrians via the drive-thru when the main lobby was locked or unavailable.

Chris Smith, the member of the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission behind the proposal, said the city council took testimony on it Thursday. They have another hearing on the proposal set for October 13.

He said the city council could vote on it in December.

Restaurants have different policies when it comes to bicycles in the drive-thru. Burgerville allows cyclists to order and pick up food in the drive-thru. Taco Bell only allows automobiles to enter its drive-thru for “security purposes.”