Why some cities are banning new drive through lanes
A small but growing number of U.S. cities have started to ban the construction of new drive through lanes at restaurants.
- Minneapolis became the latest city to ban new drive through windows at local restaurants.
- Similar laws and regulations have been enacted in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, Long Beach, California, and Fair Haven, New Jersey.
- Lawmakers cite a variety reasons for the ban — namely to help reduce emissions from running vehicles waiting in line.
- Drive through windows also tend to cause problems with litter and pedestrian safety, other municipalities point out, and reduce the “walkability” of communities.
- Other communities even say they are trying to make eating healthier easier — presumably by making fast food less convenient to get — but at least one study shows the ban has the opposite effect.