Fly City Bike Tours is opening this spring, in Fredericksburg VA. Located about an hour south of DC, near the Quantico marine base, Fredericksburg is a small town of about 30,000 residents. A small town that enjoys nearly 1.5M visitors annually, in large part due to its history, especially during the Civil War.
Fredericksburg appears to be a great fit for a bike tour. The owner, Catesby Payne:
“…has taken bike tours on recent vacations and thought the concept would work well here.”
How great is that? Catesby is apparently a recent city bike tour convert and is starting her own tour. Fair warning, though, Catesby also owns Fly Fitness Inspiration, so plan on keeping up!
May’s D.C. Bike Ride is expected to draw about 8000 riders. Although NYC’s Five Boro Bike Tour draws about four times as many riders, it’s 40 miles long and some people even train for it! The D.C. ride is more approachable at a “17-mile bike ride en masse that will wind its way around many of the city’s monuments and landmarks”. The Washington Area Bicycle Association agrees, saying, “Most of the other events of this scale are for the racing, competitive communities. This is really focused on people who may not feel comfortable riding around D.C. streets day in and day out.”
Whether your motivation is to free your sightseeing from the stress of traffic, see a city from a new perspective, save the planet, or just save yourself from exorbitant hotel parking charges, one of the best ways to go green when traveling is to ditch the car. While that’s not possible everywhere, it’s the perfect way to experience these three cities, which have made easy-access biking a priority for visitors as well as residents.
BeenThereBikeTours just rode Green Fleet’s Signature Tour in Nashville a couple of weeks ago. We also had a chance to ride Chicago’s Divvy a few months ago, but we’ll have to get to work on visiting DC and Chi-town for these tours.
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