It seems that both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions will have a healthy, fun and green way to navigate host cities during the political events; health insurance company Humana Inc has announced that it will provide 20 people-powered Freewheelin pedal buses for attendees to get around.

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Resembling a vehicle from the Flintstones or a massive nine-man bicycle, the Freewheelin pedal bus or ‘bus-cycle’ will be available in Tampa during the Republican National Convention (RNC) from August 26-30 and to Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) from September 2-6. Each pedal bus can accommodate eight people and a driver provided by Freewheelin.

“Whether it’s a pedal bus, bicycle, hand-cycle or unicycle, pedaling is good for the body, the mind and the environment,” said Mike McCallister, Humana’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “At Humana, we are committed to helping people achieve lifelong well-being, and Freewheelin is a great way to encourage people to improve their health through exercise and social interaction. People are going to have a great time riding our Freewheelin bus-cycles.”

Everyone attending the conventions, such as delegates, news media, convention-goers and local residents, will be encouraged to take advantage of Freewheelin, which is provided free of charge. The pedal buses will follow pre-set routes in each city, making stops close to the convention perimeter and popular downtown destinations. People can also hop on and off at any of the three Freewheelin stations as well as receive complimentary fruit, water and biometric health screenings, such as blood pressure and BMI checks!

The vehicles are shaded so riders don’t get too hot, but the company estimates that a 30 minute ride will burn between 140 to 380 calories and keep, for every mile pedaled rather than driven, nearly one pound of carbon dioxide (CO2) (0.88 lbs) out of the air.

The Freewheelin pedal bus program evolved from the Freewheelin bike-sharing initiative that first started as an employee program at Humana’s Louisville campus in 2007. Humana then went on to introduce large-scale bike-sharing to the nation at the 2008 political conventions.

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