5 Bikable City Guides for National Bike Travel Weekend

Get ready to travel by bike during National Bike Travel Weekend

It’s National Bike Travel Weekend. Use these city guides to go somewhere! Photo by Rob Gullixson

We just learned, from our friends at Bikabout, who promote 2-wheeled tourism by creating bikable city guides, that this coming weekend is the first-ever National Bike Travel Weekend, part of Adventure Cycling Association‘s 40th anniversary celebration. In the spirit of exploring by bike, we’ve rounded up five bike-friendly city guides curated by Brooklyn Bicycle riders. Find one to follow for your city, or create your own and share with us!

Brooklyn 1: Williamsburg & Greenpoint Like a Local | Bikabout

Brooklyn Bicycle Willow 3 in Cardinal Red with Handmade Wooden Front Crate Bicycle Basket in Transmitter Park, Greenpoint

This National Bike Travel Weekend, get impressive views of Manhattan from spots like WNYC Transmitter Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

We’re kicking things off in our own backyard with an easy five-mile tour of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods, great for tourists and locals alike, that we put together for Bikabout. Starting at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge, work your way west toward Kent Avenue (our “hipster highway”), then pedal north into Greenpoint, and circle back down on Bedford and Driggs toward your starting point.

Along the way, stop at your choice of delicious eateries, like OddFellows for ice cream, or The Bagel Store for those famous rainbow bagels, and ateliers like Catbird for jewelry, Brooklyn Industries for eco-friendly garb and gear, and Junk for all your thrifting needs. And because you should always have a local bike shop in mind in case of any issues, Silk Road Cycles has got you covered.

Brooklyn 2: Foodie Tour | Katie Quinn & With the Locals

Katie Quinn eats a bagel in Prospect Park with her Sea Glass Willow 3 model Brooklyn Bicycle during her Brooklyn Foodie tour for With the Locals.

Katie Quinn eats a bagel in Prospect Park with her Sea Glass Willow 3 model Brooklyn Bicycle during her Brooklyn Foodie tour for With the Locals.

Since Brooklyn is famous for its eats, it felt wrong not to include a second Brooklyn city guide–this one arranged by distinctly New York food groups and curated by Youtuber extraordinaire Katie Quinn for the instagram-based, locally-curated travel guide With the Locals. It includes the ideal spot to get and eat a New York bagel, where to find artisanal pie (very important), recommendations for authentic Asian and Latin food, plus a delicious ice-creamery, and more! And the best part is, you can ride your bike from any of these places, to any of these places–just like Katie did.

Houston, TX: Eat, Drink, Bike | Sugar & Cloth

Galveston Island Pleasure Pier, Bikable Sugar and Cloth Staycation perfect for exploring during National Bike Travel Weekend

Galveston Island’s Historic Pleasure Pier–dare we say the Coney Island of the South?

If you’re hydrated enough to brave the Texas heat for National Bike Travel Weekend, the makers at Sugar & Cloth have put together a great Houston city guide for you. They’ve got spots for cheap lunch or fancy dinner; places offering sweet things to start off your day or finish it; and where to go for hot morning coffee or smooth nightcaps. In the mood for recreation–other than biking, of course? Try Hermann Park or the museum district. And if what you want is a mini-getaway, they’ve got that covered, too.

Redlands, CA: Quaint Staycation | calivintage

Erin of lifestyle blog calivintage explores the gorgeous houses of Redlands, CA by bike, and you can, too, this National Bike Travel Weekend

Erin of lifestyle blog calivintage explores the gorgeous houses of Redlands, CA–by bike.

An oft-overlooked west coast town, Redlands, CA boasts a friendly community and historic turn-of-the-century homes for the ogling. Erin of style blog calivintage is a long-time cyclist with recommendations for quiet coffee shops like Olive Ave. Market, Mexican food from Rosa Maria’s, organic ice cream, and more. Her favorite thing to do is thrift–and she does it by bike–so if you happen upon a thrift store during your National Bike Travel Weekend adventures, you might just catch her.

Washington, DC: Urban ExplorationTamon George & With the Locals

Tamon George for With the Locals explores DC by bike--and so can you this National Bike Travel Weekend

Tamon George and his Wythe model Brooklyn Bicycle have created a DC city guide for With the Locals.

Katie Quinn’s foodie tour of Brooklyn was such a hit that we’ve partnered with locally-curated travel guide With the Locals to produce 12 additional bike-friendly city guides for communities all across North America–and we’re starting with DC. Whether you want places to people watch, like Union Market; emporiums like Maketto Store to browse; delicious spots like Bistro Bohem to grab a drink or a meal; or even a relaxing new space like Locale to work in–Tamon can lead you there on two wheels.

Not headed to any of these cities any time soon? Stay tuned for 11 more bike-friendly city guides in partnership with With the Locals–Seattle and Chicago coming right up!–and check out Bikabout’s many cultural bike maps, leading you to ice cream parlors, barscoffee shops, and more throughout the US and Canada. Have your own cultural bike route to recommend? Bikabout might want to publish it! (Rules here.) Happy National Bike Travel Weekend!

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