Even with Tropical Storm Isaac keeping visitors indoors for much of Sunday and Monday, 1,250 rides were taken and 542 miles were logged on Freewheelin’s pedal buses this week in Tampa during the Republican National Convention. The RNC has come to an end, but the fun of taking a spin on the pedal buses lives on Sept. 3-6 at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
As the Republican National Convention wrapped up, Freewheelin’s pedal-powered buses were getting a lot of attention in Tampa.
A Wall Street Journal article about Freewheelin asked, “Just what are those politicians pedaling?”
USA Today said, “Some Republicans who have been tough on tax breaks for electric cars … appear to have an even more fuel-efficient alternative when it comes to getting around Tampa.”
The National Journal described the pedal buses as a cross “between a bicycle and a Flintstones car, with a very low carbon footprint.”
Humana President Bruce Broussard took a pedal bus ride on Wednesday and noted Freewheelin’s growth since the program’s debut during the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions. “When Freewheelin began four years ago, our focus was on being eco-friendly, social, and at the same time, being fun and healthy. We’ve taken the social aspect to an all new level with the pedal buses. They make it easy to get around, and you can enjoy the community with your friends and still get great benefit to your health. I feel privileged to be here in Tampa with Freewheelin and really enjoy being part of this program.”
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