By day or night, in city or countryside – cycling is a way to explore and go on adventures.
You may have heard of bicycle tourism.
If you haven’t, you’re probably not online a lot. Or you hate travel. Either way, you’re missing out on a very lucrative and expanding field.
Bicycle tourism has been gaining popularity for the past few years. With the rise of bike sharing, e-bikes and cycling infrastructures, many cities have become a hub for cycling enthusiasts.
We were there to witness this ourselves. All the way back in the early 2010’s, you could rent a bike in Paris for a free half-hour and zoom around the picturesque streets. Our CLARA team did just that – we are not the types to waste time by walking, and bikes give you a lot more mobility than cars when it comes to sightseeing.
Paris is a beautiful city, but the sights are often far from each other. Why waste time walking when you can cycle?
The only thing that was missing was an organized tour, something that matched our pace. Most tours were based on walking, with an occasional bus or shuttle. The situation is much different today – most places offer urban and rural bike tours, spanning from mountain biking to a gentle pedaling downtown.
We’ve mentioned the dangers of urban cycling before, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love it. And the way some cities are organized makes us more than happy to participate – like night bike tours.
Yes, you read that right. Bike tours organized by night, offering the glittering lights of cities like Bangkok.
As visibility-lovers, the idea scares us. As cyclists and globetrotters, we are in love.
Bangkok isn’t the only city that has night bike tours on offer. Grasshopper Adventures has many similar tours, and they aren’t the only ones. Santiago, Barcelona, Paris – all beautiful places that you can enjoy after sunset, guided by professionals.
If you’re interested in more relaxed, less crowded tours – no problem. A little bit of digging online will open up a whole library of offers, especially in cities like Madrid, Montana, Berlin and Hong Kong. The more advanced the cycling culture, the better for the cycling tourism.
Naturally, it’s not just the organizations that can organize tours. We’ve found many groups and pages on social media that have been specifically created to provide like-minded cyclists with a place where they can connect, plan and meet for a ride. It’s not just for tourists – check your local groups, and you might learn more about the city you live in. We know we did!
Grab a buddy and bike-tour your own city. You won't regret it
Bicycle tourism isn’t just a fad. It’s a way to economically boost both urban and rural areas, cutting down on emissions and boosting visits to scenic territories. We won’t bore you with the exact numbers, but lets just say that the potential created by bike tours, events (eg. races) and attractions (like the wine country routes) is both economic, ecologic, medicinal and educational.
We’d love to see bike tourism grow and evolve. Join us in supporting it!