Bicycle street vendors with a business licence will be permitted to work the streets of Victoria under a new pilot program offered by the City. Wikimedia Commons/Hermann Luyken

Victoria opens door to more street food

Mobile bicycle vendors may sell a wide range of food under pilot program

The City of Victoria will soon be allowing people on bicycles to sell edibles in the community.

Mobile bicycle vendors will be permitted to sell ready-to-eat food, including frozen treats, cold and hot beverages, baked goods and flowers as part of a pilot project, according to a release from the City.

The project will get underway this summer and anyone interested needs to first apply for a business license. Successful applicants will be allowed to operate on all Victoria streets and almost all City parks for up to 30 minutes at a time, if hailed by a customer first.

The pilot is part of a larger review of street vending in Victoria, aimed at better addressing increasing demand for a variety of similar activities. Current bylaws allow no new mobile food vendors – including food trucks, carts and bicycles – to operate on City-owned property, except through a special event permit as part of a larger event or festival.

More information can be found through city hall.

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