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Bicycling Magazine says the nation's most bike-crazy mayor lives right here in Fort Worth

Posted Oct. 11, 2016

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Since Mayor Betsy Price took office, the city has added 66 miles of bike lanes and put $1.2 million toward building trails, to make it safer and easier for residents to exercise.

People seeking “bike love with a Texas twang” should head to Fort Worth, according to Bicycling Magazine. That’s where they’ll find Mayor Betsy Price, who the magazine lovingly named America’s Most Bike-Crazy Mayor.

The mayor got into cycling more than 40 years ago, when she and her husband bought bikes to celebrate their first anniversary. In 2011, she brought her passion to the mayor’s office, pedaling to work events and talking to coworkers about riding.

“I realized if I was going to maintain an active lifestyle as mayor, it would be vital to find ways to incorporate it into my city activities,” Price said. She also wanted to bring cycling to the city she loves.

“The health of communities is critical to your economic development, to your engagement, to the vitality of your community,” Price told the magazine. “Biking became a huge piece of that.”

She launched an initiative called FitWorth that includes programs devoted to wellness, including the Tour de Fort Worth, which overlaps with the Tour de France and features 21 days of cycling events.

Price rides them all. “You’d have to be crazy to be me,” she laughs. “In a good way.”

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