CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Folks in uptown Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention will have a rather unique way to get around town next month.
Humana is making Freewheelin Pedal Buses available to Charlotte during the convention. There’ll be a total of 20 and they’ll be free to convention-goers.
It’s “excellent, real easy to pedal, very smooth, very nice,” said Dr. Bill Hauser, the regional medical director for the Humana healthcare company.
"During the DNC, we're going to have a lot of people who are wanting to get around and we do have a nice compact uptown that's great for walking. But some of the distances, a bike is a preferred option,” said Dan Murrey, Executive Director for the Charlotte 2012 Convention Host Committee.
"You can just hop on at one of the designated spots and it will take you point to point to another part of uptown,” he added.
The idea is to offer the thousands of folks in uptown a little convenience while being green.
“Freewheelin is kind of health in motion,” said Dr. Hauser. "This provides an alternative to trying to find a place to park.”
Pedal buses will be available in Charlotte between September 2 and September 6. They’ll also be used at the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month.
“Obviously, it's better to walk or do something like this than just drive a car and park it and get out and go where you're going,” Hauser said.