ABQ Trolley Co. is giving customers yet another way to get around town.
The company known for its trolley tours will unveil its new 14-passenger “party bike” next week. The custom-made, human-powered ride is geared toward groups out for a night of restaurant, brewery or bar hopping.
“It’s like a party on wheels,” said Mike Silva, who owns the company with Jesse Herron. “It’s an opportunity for people to get together and have fun in a unique environment.”
Silva said the model is already popular in cities around the U.S. but this will be a first-of-its-kind venture for Albuquerque. Formally dubbed Duke City Pedaler, the rig offers seating for up to 10 pedaling passengers and a rear bench seat for four non-pedaling customers. An ABQ Trolley Co. employee will handle the driving/steering duties.
Rental runs $395 per two-hour block, which Silva said is typically enough time to hit three or four establishments along a predetermined route. The company will also do general admission “mixers” for those who want to ride but aren’t part of a large group.
Duke City Pedaler will run only Friday and Saturday nights at the outset but plans call for added service during warmer months.
The bike will formally launch on March 13, a night that Silva said has been years in the making. The bike, built by Atek Customs in Arizona, took six months to craft at a cost that Silva would only describe as comparable to a luxury car. In addition, the company worked closely with the city to make sure it was street legal and had all necessary approvals to operate on city streets.
Though the bike is built for fun — with a audio system and a hot rod-style front end — Silva said it is equipped with several safety features. It features LED headlights, hydraulic disk brakes, blinkers and an “engine assist” feature that can be used when necessary. No alcohol is allowed on the bike itself.
Silva said ABQ Trolley Co. plans to add another bike to the fleet this fall and eventually expand service to Santa Fe and Las Cruces.
Hold My Ticket will handle reservations.