Can you walk or ride a bike through a McDonald’s drive-thru?

McDonald’s announced it would be reopening all of its branches for drive-thru and a limited number for delivery by June 4.

A number of the fast-food giant’s restaurants have already been reopened this month with new safety measures put in place such as reduced menus and less staff working in kitchens at a time.

McDonald’s has also confirmed 975 more of its branches will reopen to the public by next Thursday following government safety and social distancing guidelines.

Whether you’ve got a drive-thru branch near you or you’re counting the seconds until your local restaurant opens again, here’s what you need to know about whether you technically need to drive through a drive-thru.

Can you walk through a McDonald’s drive-thru?
Unfortunately for you non-car-drivers out there, McDonald’s does not make a habit of serving customers on bikes or on their feet via the drive-thru.

On the subject of people on bikes using their drive-thru windows, the company’s website states: ‘The drive-thru facility is designed for motor vehicles and, on balance, we are concerned that use by cyclists could compromise their safety through: the necessarily close proximity with motor vehicles; the limited visibility of cycles (particularly given the sharp corners of the drive-thru lane); and the difficulties of carrying food and drinks and retaining full control of a bicycle.’

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As for pedestrians, McDonald’s says they don’t serve them through the drive-thru for similar safety reasons.

Their website says: ‘Vehicles need to pull up close to drive-thru service points to complete their orders and there are no pavements or safe areas for pedestrians to stand at these same points. It could also contravene the trading license or, in some cases, present a security risk.’

However some branches have installed ‘pedestrian walk-up windows’ which operate in a similar way to traditional drive-thrus and are open for business outside of core branch opening hours at restaurants with a 24-hour drive-thru.

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