For forever, the top three reasons to visit Fredericksburg included enjoying wine, seeing the sites, and participating in outdoor activities. It was inevitable that something would come along that combines all three.
Climb aboard Pedal Tour Texas.
You have probably done a double take at the yellow Rube Goldberg contraption crawling around Fredericksburg’s historic district. The 15-seat vehicle is a combination biergarten, trolley and multi-user bicycle.
Like many curious passersby, I pulled up alongside the trolley while it was parked outside Lincoln Street Wine Market to question driver David Curran, better known as Wild Bill.
“What we do is give a form of entertainment for people who want to have a different kind of experience in Fredericksburg,” he said with practiced zeal. That experience includes enjoying a fine beverage; making stops at Hondo’s, Pontotoc Vineyard Weingarten, Lincoln Street Wine Market and Sozial Haus; and, yes, actually pedaling the bike. Of course, Wild Bill steers, and controls when to kick in the electric motor — mainly uphill and while crossing Main Street.
Apparently this concept of self-propelled casual tourism is not new. It originated in Germany and Amsterdam in the 1990s, then spread to the U.S. coasts. There are now similar pedal tours in major Texas cities.
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