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Pedal Wagon Ready to Help You Bring the Party

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Pedal Wagon Ready to Help You Bring the Party
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If you spend any amount of time in the Short North, you’ve surely seen the Pedal Wagon slowly moving down North High Street. There are usually around 10-15 people aboard, all happily biking, cheering, and waving to curious spectators. It’s usually a summer craze because of the optimal weather, but this Fall and Winter, it’s still very much an option for those special events.

Tom O’Brian, Jack Heekin, and Stuart Naeny are the owners of Pedal Wagon, which arrived in Columbus earlier this year. The guys approached several bar owners and managers about the possibility of arranging tours for groups of guests, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

Currently, riders commit to a two-hour pub crawl that includes four different bars in fairly close proximity to each other. At these establishments, there are drink specials reserved just for the bikers. It’s a fun way for staffs to bond, birthdays to be celebrated, or bachelorettes to be sent off with a whoop.

The Pedal Wagon can hold 15 riders, not including the driver, which the company provides. Large groups can book together for discounted rates, and smaller groups can combine on a tour. The Polar Bear Express tour is just what it sounds like – a chance for you to bundle up and brave the frigid temperatures for the promise of a Hot Spiked Cider or Hot Buttered Rum at the end.

That tour began November 8, and will run until there are no more takers. There’s also the Blue Jackets Brew Cruise, the only pedal-powered pregame in town, which kicks off 2½ hours before faceoff, and starts and ends very near to the Arena. This tour includes stops at BBR, The Pint House, Local Bar and R Bar.

Much like Cycle Tavern, which launched in Columbus in 2011, The Pedal Wagon is run on 100% human energy. Riders are not allowed to drink while they bike, but the driver will always be sober in order to ensure that the vehicle gets where it needs to in as timely a fashion as possible. In the new year, look for more bikes as the concept takes off.

“The Pedal Wagon is a little addition to help generate enthusiasm for the already vibrant history and culture that’s in Columbus,” says O’Brian, an Ohio State alumnus. “I was excited to not only be back in town, but to also give back a unique experience to the city.”

The guys behind pedal Wagon are always willing to create new themes and routes for any occasion, so for more, or to book a tour, visit www.pedalwagon.com.

Photo via Pedal Wagon.

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  • townmeetscow

    Ever been caught driving behind this contraption?! Wow, what fun!!!

    • http://www.columbusunderground.com Walker Evans

      High Street is not a speedy thoroughfare. Use alternate routes if you want to go faster. Easy.

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