Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price talked about gas revenues, the importance of Citizens on Patrol, TCU baseball and more at her first rolling town hall of the year Wednesday.
Rolling town halls are group bike rides led by the mayor around different parts of the city of Fort Worth. The routes vary in length but are slow paced so that no rider is left behind.
“I want people to get out and see parts of the city they may not see,” Price said. “You see things totally different on a bicycle and it’s a great chance to push our healthy initiative forward.”
Price said she also values the bike rides because they create a casual setting for people to talk.
“I always say when you put spandex on this body, people will tell you incredible things,” Price said. “If you’re not talking to citizens you’re living in a vacuum and that’s not good for anybody.”
Fort Worth resident Karyn Peak said she came out for the comradery of fellow bikers and to enjoy the great weather.
“Bikers are a different breed of people,” Peak said. “We help each other out, we talk while we ride, it’s just a good group. I wish I could attend more.”
For those who didn’t want to bike, Fort Worth Councilwoman Ann Zadeh and FitWorth hosted a walk along Magnolia Avenue at the same time as the bike ride.
“People like to able to talk to their representatives in a setting that’s not city hall,” Zadeh said. “People like to see people face to face and in the community.”
Price said this is her fourth season doing these moving town halls and she loves seeing the people who join her grow in number and in age.
“There are several little kids who were in their trailers and now on their bikes,” Price said. “That’s fun to see them maturing a little bit.”
The next town hall will be a caffeinated walking meeting March 26 at 10 a.m..