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Join the mayor for 'Rolling Town Hall'

08.21.2013 | By: Texas Wesleyan University
Mayor Betsy Price

Have you ever wanted to go bike riding with the mayor? Here’s your chance. Plus, you’ll have the chance to share any ideas you have about Fort Worth.

Hop on your bike and join Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price as she embarks on her next Rolling Town Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The ride will begin at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Oneal Sells Administration Building on the Texas Wesleyan University campus. President Frederick G. Slabach will be on hand to greet the bicyclists before the ride commences.

The 8.23 mile route will go south towards 287, and will go east to Miller Avenue. The most northern point is Vickery. On two occasions, the route will cross Rosedale, where construction is underway for street improvements.

Riders will travel together in this “no drop” ride. That means if someone has a flat tire, everyone will wait for that rider so it’s a unified ride.

The format of the ride gives participants the opportunity to discuss ideas with the mayor. Likewise, Price gets to visit with community members who like the informal atmosphere for talking about city issues.

Almost two years ago, the mayor kicked off another ride on the Texas Wesleyan campus as part of her Rolling Town Hall series. Since that time – and literally thousands of miles later – Price has been learning creative ideas to better Fort Worth from riders.

Bike Fort Worth

A proponent of healthy lifestyles, including walking and cycling, Price is known for being an avid bike rider. The city was rolling in that direction even before she took office. In 2009, the City of Fort Worth introduced Bike Fort Worth, a comprehensive plan that promotes bicycling as a desirable and safe means of transportation.

The goals are to triple the number of people who commute by bicycle instead of using other transportation and to decrease the number of bicycle-related accidents by 10 percent. The rhird objective is to be named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

The city also has the first bike sharing program in North Texas.

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