Finally, Ice Cream Trucks Are Legal in Colorado City After 65 Years: Why Are They Banned?

AURORA, Colorado (KDVR) – Ice cream trucks are now legal in Aurora, Colorado, after they were banned more than half a century ago.

Aurora City Council voted Friday to dissolve the 1957 truck ban and allow licensed trucks to sell candy on the streets before the Fourth of July weekend.

The board’s decision would likely have been welcome for the Aurora kids, but the vendors were ready to celebrate, too.

“It’s a great day for the people of Aurora. It’s a great day for the city of Aurora,” Paul Capley said with his ice cream cart. “I’ve worked in this field for 25 years, and we went to city council meetings with absolutely no luck.”

Capley called it a historic day for his business and for other ice cream truck owners.

In 1957, the city of Aurora banned ice cream trucks and called them a “nuisance.” The law appears to have been passed in response to residents who opposed ice cream trucks moving up and down their streets. Some have also argued that trucks pose a safety risk to children who may be injured while running after vendors.

Consultant on a mission to lift ban on selling ice cream

Aurora Councilman Dustin Zvonik is working to repeal and review outdated laws along with the city’s Red Ribbon Reduction Commission—and the ban on ice cream trucks was high on the list.

Zvonik said that when he and other members of the committee first learned of the 1957 ban, they fired “What?”

“We couldn’t believe it,” Zvonik said.

The initial ban was shocked, and Zvonek’s goal was to have it canceled by the busy Fourth of July weekend. It succeeded: the new law was passed unanimously in the first reading.

Children run in the streets to meet the ice cream truck

On Friday afternoon, Rick, an ice cream van driver, got his first legal city license since the enactment of Prohibition. No time wasted in going to work.

Hoping to help the kids (and their parents) beat the scorching summer heat, Rick loaded his truck with firecrackers, ice cream sandwiches, and choco tacos, among other things. For hours, Rick brought joy to the Aurora neighborhood, sending young children and teens down their streets to get a taste of it.

“We were in the middle of watching a movie and then we heard the ice cream truck,” said 14-year-old Katie Old. “Then we all started running and running to the ice cream truck. It takes me back to when I was a kid, when I was seven in Kansas, and I used to get ice cream every summer.”

Lots of city kids are happy and excited to see the beautiful trucks return.

“It’s refreshing but also fun because it’s not like you’re eating just like ice, you’re eating like cold flavored ice. All you have to do is have fun, stay cool, and stay amazing,” said 14-year-old Zoe Hyppola.

The hardest decision for neighborhood children? Determining which type of ice cream to choose. But the youngest customer that day, 4-year-old Achilles, went straight to buy a Spider-Man lollipop, tore it up, and took a big bite. He gave her his seal of approval – big thumbs up.

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