Why aren’t more drive-thru’s bicycle friendly?

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    Jun 05, 2014 11:01 PM GMT
    According to many state laws, a bicycle is considered a “human-powered vehicle” and is allowed on most roadways alongside cars, which can be traveling is excess of 55 MPH.

    According to the growing number of drive-thru’s I’ve been turned away from while riding my bicycle, the most common answer to “why” is “it’s for safety reasons,” even though the movement speed of the traffic is generally under 5 MPH. On top of that, it baffles me that a bicycle can be turned away for “safety reasons” when a motorcycle or scooter is allowed.

    A quote by cyclist Mark Martin a few years ago referred to bicycle culture as “a kid’s toy, a poor man’s last choice, or a rich man’s obsession.”

    With that in mind, it’s clear discrimination against cyclists…not a safety concern. They think of us as either overgrown kids or poor people. Either way, it’s absolutely wrong to deny service to a person who’s using a legal mode of transportation, just because that transportation doesn't meet their standards.
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:03 PM GMT
    If I had a Taco Bell Burrito for every time I got into a Stranger's car at a drive-through while drunk in College...



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    Jun 05, 2014 11:04 PM GMT
    Because most bicycles don't have license plates? *shrugs*
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:14 PM GMT
    Because it's safer that way?
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:14 PM GMT
    kevex saidBecause most bicycles don't have license plates? *shrugs*
    So you're saying human should wear license plates when doing business inside at a counter, just in case?
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:15 PM GMT
    cosmix555 saidBecause it's safer that way?
    Read the second paragraph.
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:15 PM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier saidIf I had a Taco Bell Burrito for every time I got into a Stranger's car at a drive-through while drunk in College...



    You'd have one Taco Bell Burrito?
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:17 PM GMT
    I'm guessing the restaurant industry doesn't want to deal with the legal bills that ensue when a Hummer driver nails a Schwinn because he/she was too lazy to pay attention after hearing "DRIVE AROUND!"

    I do think a RIDE-THRU window would be cool, though!
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:20 PM GMT
    dayumm saidI'm guessing the restaurant industry doesn't want to deal with the legal bills that ensue when a Hummer driver nails a Schwinn because he/she was too lazy to pay attention after hearing "DRIVE AROUND!"

    I do think a RIDE-THRU window would be cool, though!
    I've already looked into that. There's no liability on the business owner for that. That would be the liability of the driver and their insurance company...not the business.
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:24 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    ThePenIsMyTier saidIf I had a Taco Bell Burrito for every time I got into a Stranger's car at a drive-through while drunk in College...



    You'd have one Taco Bell Burrito?



    Literally dozens.
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:26 PM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier said
    paulflexes said
    ThePenIsMyTier saidIf I had a Taco Bell Burrito for every time I got into a Stranger's car at a drive-through while drunk in College...



    You'd have one Taco Bell Burrito?



    Literally dozens.
    Being drunk enough to see double doesn't count. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:27 PM GMT
    owl_bundy saidwell, riding a bike through the drive thru window is no different than walking through the drive thru window. ...


    Not gonna lie, i've walked through a drive-thru once or thrice in my time. They took my order. Money is money.
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:28 PM GMT
    Probably because all the fit and beautiful people ride bicycles and they don't have time to destroy their bodies with fast food joints icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidProbably because all the fit and beautiful people ride bicycles and they don't have time to destroy their bodies with fast food joints icon_razz.gif
    Fast food =/= unhealthy. It depends on what you order form the menu. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:30 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    JumpMan_Josh saidProbably because all the fit and beautiful people ride bicycles and they don't have time to destroy their bodies with fast food joints icon_razz.gif
    Fast food =/= unhealthy. It depends on what you order form the menu. icon_wink.gif


    I guess you have a good point. I just can't think of anything from taco bell or Mcdonalds that isn't processed to hell! icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:31 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    JumpMan_Josh saidProbably because all the fit and beautiful people ride bicycles and they don't have time to destroy their bodies with fast food joints icon_razz.gif
    Fast food =/= unhealthy. It depends on what you order form the menu. icon_wink.gif


    Salads from fast foods are also unhealthy. Especially if you add dressing.
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:31 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    dayumm saidI'm guessing the restaurant industry doesn't want to deal with the legal bills that ensue when a Hummer driver nails a Schwinn because he/she was too lazy to pay attention after hearing "DRIVE AROUND!"

    I do think a RIDE-THRU window would be cool, though!
    I've already looked into that. There's no liability on the business owner for that. That would be the liability of the driver and their insurance company...not the business.


    Well then, by all means! RIDE-THRU! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:34 PM GMT
    kevex said
    paulflexes said
    JumpMan_Josh saidProbably because all the fit and beautiful people ride bicycles and they don't have time to destroy their bodies with fast food joints icon_razz.gif
    Fast food =/= unhealthy. It depends on what you order form the menu. icon_wink.gif


    Salads are from fast foods are also unhealthy. Especially if you add dressing.
    Tacos and burgers are totally healthy. If you don't eat them all the time.
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:36 PM GMT
    owl_bundy said
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    owl_bundy saidwell, riding a bike through the drive thru window is no different than walking through the drive thru window. ...


    Not gonna lie, i've walked through a drive-thru once or thrice in my time. They took my order. Money is money.



    some places do it, i guess. most places around where i live don't though so that shit is like unheard of.


    I hear that. Not gonna lie, the idea of it is a little embarrassing lol, but at 2am in the morning and you're fiending for a McDonald's quarter pounder with cheese meal, you soon put pride to one side and do you! lol
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    Jun 05, 2014 11:50 PM GMT
    What about horses?

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    Jun 06, 2014 12:17 AM GMT
    I think that the O.P. has a very legitimate argument.
    Sue their asses.
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    Jun 06, 2014 2:55 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidAccording to many state laws, a bicycle is considered a “human-powered vehicle” and is allowed on most roadways alongside cars, which can be traveling is excess of 55 MPH.

    According to the growing number of drive-thru’s I’ve been turned away from while riding my bicycle, the most common answer to “why” is “it’s for safety reasons,” even though the movement speed of the traffic is generally under 5 MPH. On top of that, it baffles me that a bicycle can be turned away for “safety reasons” when a motorcycle or scooter is allowed.

    A quote by cyclist Mark Martin a few years ago referred to bicycle culture as “a kid’s toy, a poor man’s last choice, or a rich man’s obsession.”

    With that in mind, it’s clear discrimination against cyclists…not a safety concern. They think of us as either overgrown kids or poor people. Either way, it’s absolutely wrong to deny service to a person who’s using a legal mode of transportation, just because that transportation doesn't meet their standards.

    It's the employee's safety, not yours. They don't wanna get robbed or punched in the face. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 06, 2014 3:49 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidAccording to many state laws, a bicycle is considered a “human-powered vehicle” and is allowed on most roadways alongside cars, which can be traveling is excess of 55 MPH.

    According to the growing number of drive-thru’s I’ve been turned away from while riding my bicycle, the most common answer to “why” is “it’s for safety reasons,” even though the movement speed of the traffic is generally under 5 MPH. On top of that, it baffles me that a bicycle can be turned away for “safety reasons” when a motorcycle or scooter is allowed.

    A quote by cyclist Mark Martin a few years ago referred to bicycle culture as “a kid’s toy, a poor man’s last choice, or a rich man’s obsession.”

    With that in mind, it’s clear discrimination against cyclists…not a safety concern. They think of us as either overgrown kids or poor people. Either way, it’s absolutely wrong to deny service to a person who’s using a legal mode of transportation, just because that transportation doesn't meet their standards.

    It's the employee's safety, not yours. They don't wanna get robbed or punched in the face. icon_lol.gif
    Considering they allow motorcycles and scooters, that argument doesn't hold up.
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    Jun 06, 2014 4:31 AM GMT
    The drive throughs are the only part of the choke&pukes that are open late. They're always full of drunk kids on foot around midnight.
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    Jun 06, 2014 4:39 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidThe drive throughs are the only part of the choke&pukes that are open late. They're always full of drunk kids on foot around midnight.
    Up until I stopped drinking, I was one of those drunk "kids." icon_lol.gif