During a period of great political contention in the U.S., Indianapolis has made a ruling every American can agree on: the freedom to wear jeans on the job.
The Indianapolis city council ruled on Monday that the drivers of the city’s pedal cabs will now be allowed to wear jeans while working.
While it might seem like a silly or insignificant change, the city council in Indianapolis ruled in 2000 that pedal drivers were not allowed to wear jeans to prevent “images of Third World haves and have-nots,” according to the Indy Star.
Instead the city council ruled that pedal cab drivers were instructed to wear clothing that made them look more professional and possibly less ragged. Their uniform included “Shoes, other than sandals, which cover the foot; pants or shorts, not shorter than mid-thigh in length, which are not fabricated of denim material; and, shirts or blouses, other than T-shirts, which have sleeves, but need not have collars, and which, if they are finished at the bottom, must be tucked in to the pants or shorts. The operator’s attire shall not be visibly torn or soiled.”
According to the Indy Star, the repeal of this denim rule was lobbied by the operators of “pedal pubs,” or a party bike, which is a multi-passenger vehicle in which several people pedal instead of one. These party bikes are often used for celebrations and are described by the Indy Star as “Dr. Seuss-meets-Animal-House-type contraptions you see moving slowly through Downtown carting around bachelorettes saying ‘Woo woo!’ over and over.”
As of Monday, the Indianapolis City Council began to regulate these party bikes and required that they followed the same guidelines of the pedal cabs. During the same ruling, the city agreed to allow denim on both party bikes and pedal cabs.