The “party bike” tours will continue “as usual” after the passenger has fallen ill
A ‘party bike’ that takes customers on tours of Belfast city center will continue to run ‘as usual’ tours over the weekend just days after a man fell ill and fell of the crewed vehicle.
A man, who is said to be 19, fell ill during the tour around 6 p.m. Wednesday night in the Amelia Street neighborhood.
Staff from Wee Toast Tours, who operate the bikes, came to the aid of the man, who allegedly suffered a heart attack.
He was then transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital, but his condition was not known last night.
Party bikes, which can accommodate several people, have become a familiar sight in central Belfast.
They allow groups of revelers to cycle through the streets of the city center while listening to music and consuming alcohol.
Jennifer Kenna, general manager of Wee Toast Tours, said the service would continue as normal, describing what had happened as a “tragedy.”
The businesswoman said the man who fell ill took part in a team-building exercise with staff at Queen’s University. She said the party included a total of 19 people, who were traveling on two bikes.
âOur driver noticed something was wrong and stopped,â she said.
âHe was in a group with colleagues from Queen’s University. They were having a team building event. There were two bicycles.
Ms Kenna said staff from Wee Toast Tours rushed to the Maldron Hotel to get a defibrillator.
âOur employees are fully trained in CPR and safety. They took action, âshe said.
âTwo nurses came out of the homeless shelter and started helping with CPR.
“They all worked together.”
The general manager said the man was “scheduled to go to work afterwards, so he was not drinking.”
âIt was truly a tragedy,â she said.
She added that the tours “will continue as usual”.