During a public demonstration Thursday, officials show off a pedal-powered mini-bus that will transport delegates through the streets of uptown Charlotte. (Photo: L. Woods for Qcitymetro.com)
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Move over CATS; a new form of transportation is about to hit Charlotte.

During the Democratic National Convention, Sept. 2-6, delegates will get to peddle their way through uptown Charlotte on a fleet of vehicles that are part bus and part bicycle.

The pedal-driven mini-buses will each carry eight to nine people and will be on loan from Humana, the national health insurance company. At a public unveiling Thursday, a Humana official said about 20 of the pedal-powered buses will roll through the streets of uptown Charlotte, with three to four stations located near Time Warner Cable Arena.

Aside from being a simple form of transportation, the mini-buses are eco-friendly and offer uses a healthy workout.

The “Freewheelin” buses won’t be the only things on wheels competing for eco-conscious delegates during the DNC. In July, Charlotte Center City Partners launch Charlotte’s first bike-share program, which includes 200 bicycles at 20 stations.

While the rental bikes require a credit card, the pedal-buses will be free.

Nancy A. Hanewinckel, Humana East Region Media Relations Manager, said passengers waiting at the pedal-pus stations will get free fruit and water. A nurse also will be assigned to each station, offering delegates basic health screenings, such as blood pressure checks and measuring body mass index.

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