1. Safety first.
Because people who show up will be an eclectic mix with varying biking experience,
it’s imperative to give everyone a refresher on bike safety.
Include a leader and a sweeper to make sure everyone stays safe.
2. Pick a theme.
The tour will be more cohesive if
there is a guiding theme. Be
creative, and don’t be afraid to
contact your local preservation
organization to see if they have
suggestions for stops along the way.
3. Decide the route.
Consider a loop that ends at the
starting point. Do a trial run
beforehand to work out any kinks.
4. Know the limits.
A preservation bike ride should be a
fun experience, not a challenging
workout. Limit the tour to no more than
15 miles and no more than seven
stops within an hour.
Consider making a PDF with a
map, the route, and the stops
planned. Also include
photographs (historic ones
especially) and more information
for people to read on their own
6. Involve the owners
of the buildings.
Contact them beforehand to see if they’d
be willing to give people a quick tour (your
local preservation society can also help
7. Partner with a
bike share program.
Not everyone on the tour will have
bikes. A bike share program can also
advertise the bike ride to their own
channels, which could introduce new
people to preservation.
8. Have fun and
Hand out laminated spoke cards
to stick between people’s spokes
to commemorate the event.
9. Meet up when
After you conclude your bike
route, invite everyone for a drink
at a local bar or some place
The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America’s
historic places. Preservation Tips & Tools helps others do the same
in their own communities.
For more information, visit SavingPlaces.org.
Photos courtesy of Cincinnati Preservation