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Fort Worth mayor leads by example on her bike

From Fort Worth to “Fit Worth”

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price (seen in picture to the left) is trying to improve the health of her city and is leading by example by getting on her bike and riding through the city streets. The Texas city has seen a rise in obesity and diabetes, so the Mayor has adopted a pro-bike stance and is enacting policies that will encourage constituents to get out of their cars and houses and get active. She has even begun to hold Rolling Town Hall Meetings, where she talks to other constituents during bike rides through city neighborhoods. More from The League of American Bicyclists:

Price has made it her goal to transform Fort Worth into “Fit Worth,” spearheading a citywide initiative focused on promoting active lifestyles and healthy habits.

“Bicycling is one of my favorite causes; it’s a passion of mine,” she says. “I’ve been cycling most of my life, but seriously for about 25 years.” She’s not only completed RAGBRAI — the famous ride across Iowa — but taken in the sites of France and Austria from the saddle. “And it’s a great alternative form of transportation, too,” she says. “You get your exercise in and get to where you’re going.”

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And, for her, a Fit Worth doesn’t just benefit her individual constituents. “For the city, this is economic development,” she says. “It used to be that businesses just asked about taxes and education, but now they’re asking about the health of your community, because healthcare and lost productivity is such a huge cost for any business.”

“A fit city is a strong, engaged place,” she adds. “With more focus on trails and parks, people can get out and enjoy. When they’re out running, walking their dog, riding their bike we have a more fun, more vibrant city.”

Photo: Fort Worth City Website

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