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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. Mixers for those looking to make new friends and acquaintances are offered Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 12 noon to 2 p.m. for just $25. To rent out the entire Cycle Party Monday through Thursday the 15 seater goes for $160 an hour with a two hour minimum. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the entire vehicle can be reserved for $190 with a two hour minimum.