Pedal Wagon chauffeurs partiers safely, in style

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A new business is catching the attention of the entertainment business in Cincinnati. It's called the "Pedal Wagon", a vehicle that has a bar-like countertop on it and people sit around it and use their feet to pedal it like a bicycle.

"We do a two hour 'pub crawl' where 15 people pedal this vehicle to four different bars," said Jack Heekin, 25, one of the two owners. They stop at bars in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown. Passengers visit the pubs for about 20 minutes then re-board the wagon and they pedal to the next bar. It costs $24 for the two hours for the ride, not including what is purchased at the stops.

It has mirrors, turn signals, lights and brakes. "It also has an electrical assist so as you pedal you generate power into batteries which are mounted on the back of it. Then as we go up a hill if we need extra power we can press the gas pedal to help," added Heekin.

It's an idea Heekins and his partner Tom O'Brian got from Germany. They say there's also a similar version in Nashville and Savannah, Georgia. Heekin says he's petitioned the city for a license to allow his passengers to carry their alcoholic beverages out of the various establishments and onto the wagon. But a decision has not been made on it.

And it's just "bar hopping", during the week they do corporate outings, team building sessions for businesses, and even a health tour taking passengers from Findlay Market to Washington Park.

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