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Pedal bike bar rolls into downtown Fishers

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – A pedal pub is about to give Fishers a new way to exercise and party.

The Pint Cycle is part of a growing trend across the country.

“It’s a 16-person, pedal powered, mobile party pub, essentially,” The Pint Cycle owner Chris Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson spent the past year working to bring the attraction to Fishers. It’s a form of entertainment he believes caters to the city’s growing young professional movement.

“It gives you a unique opportunity to do something in a suburb that you don’t get to do in many other large markets,” Hutchinson said.

Riders bring their own beer or wine. Everyone gets a seat, and a sober driver steers to nearby bars.

“It sounds very intriguing to me,” Fishers resident Ebony Roberts said. “Something new to try, something new to do.”

Indianapolis has a similar downtown pedal pub.

“I think it would be kind of interesting to see if Fishers can adapt to this,” Fishers resident Andrew Scarlott said.

To start, The Pint Cycle will do limited tours and schedules, mainly around two businesses. But once a new brewery and restaurant open later this summer on Lantern Road, the attraction will go to a seven-day operation.

All stops are near 116th Street. But if you’re worried about a group of peddlers blocking traffic, don’t be.

“Our route is entirely north of 116th Street, and we won’t go on 116th Street at all,” Hutchinson said.

A spin will cost you about $30 dollars. It doesn’t include any alcohol, but riders get a cup, drink specials, and a cool way to jam around downtown Fishers.

“[It’s] something fun to do with my friends,” Roberts said. “Something to kind of get away from reality for a little bit.”

Tours will start Tuesday following a ribbon cutting. It’s not just a tour; the company is building rides around city hall festivities.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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