April 18, 2013

Cowtown Cycle Party Pedaling Through Downtown Fort Worth in Style

Fort Worth is a city on a mission to become more healthy and eco-friendly. Open only since mid-December, the Cowtown Cycle Party allows sufferers of wanderlust to get to know the city up close and in detail and work off some calories to boot, the Cowtown Cycle Party satisfies the inner-tourist and tavern-hopper at the same time.

Even Fort Worth Mayor, Betsy Price, supports the Cowtown Cycle Party, stating, “I think it’s a unique way to get around and see the city and it’s great that it gives people exercise, too.” Despite being relatively new to Americans, Cycle Pubs are already known all over Europe and parts of Asia.

Vicki Peden of Cowtown Cycle Party tells the story of its inception, “The idea for the first Cycle Pub was literally sketched out on a bar napkin. The owner of a small pub in the Netherlands wanted to promote his establishment and thought it would be fun to have a bar on wheels entered in the local Queen’s Day Parade. Henken Zwier van Laar invented and developed a multi-person party bike that later became the Fietscafe Cycle Pub.” The idea ran from there.

Cowtown Cycle Party is a little different in that it serves as a bar-on-wheels, and also a tourist vehicle. During a two hour stint, most tours make two stops, each lasting about 20 minutes to get to know attractions and bars on foot. While pedaling, the driver narrates a bit of local history and lore, all while guiding riders to the next destination.

A few non-pedaling seats are available for those who just want to enjoy the good times, but most of the time riders rotate on pedaling seats to give everyone a chance to enjoy.

Easily accessible from the TRE, and DFW Airport, inexpensive and fun, it’s no wonder the Best in Class Award for Non-Motorized Entries in the Fort Worth Parade of Lights went to Cowtown Cycle Party.

Originally posted on Examiner.com
February 4, 2013 By: Kena Sosa