FORT WORTH - It's not too often that someone in office would take being called "crazy" as a compliment, but not every politician is like Betsy Price. The Fort Worth mayor was recently voted as “America’s Most Bike Crazy Mayor” by Bicycling magazine.
The publication not only cites Price's weekly 7-8 mile rides with residents, but her commitment to bringing her passion for cycling to the masses. We caught up with Mayor Price to learn more about why she and everyone else in Fort Worth are so head over heels about bicycling.
"Most people think it's great. They love the opportunity to get outside. We have the B-Cycle program; they rent bikes that are all over town and growing rapidly. People really like it," Price said.
Since Price has taken office, Fort Worth has added many bike lanes and invested more than a million dollars towards building bike trails. "We've added probably another 150 miles of bike lanes on the city streets,” Price said. “The goal is to ultimately connect Fort Worth and Dallas via trails, via Arlington and Grand Prairie."
It's all part of Price's initiative to fight obesity and the diseases associated with it. "Healthy kids learn better than kids who are not as healthy,” Price explained. “Taking responsibility for their own healthy living because it makes a better community."
So Mayor Price proves that sometimes it's good to be a little "crazy” -- especially when it's in the name of health. "The bike craziest Mayor in the nation. I'll take it."