26 Nov 2009

Push bike pub crawlers still get to drink

5:43 am on 26 November 2009

South Taranaki is expecting hundreds of cyclists to turn up for the annual Hawera pushbike pub crawl. No liquor ban will be enforced.

The South Taranaki council voted against a liquor ban for the event, held on the last Saturday before Christmas, means drinking en-route can continue.

District mayor Ross Dunlop says there's no law against drinking while cycling, and the council was concerned that a liquor ban might lead to ugly situations if police were heavy-handed.

A "group of young blokes" started the event about 25 or 30 years ago, he says, but there's no organiser these days - people just turn up.

Mr Dunlop says he expects between 1600 and 2000 people to take part this year.