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Bike Ride Toolkit

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How to plan a preservation-themed bike ride in your city.

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Bike Ride Toolkit

  1. 1. 9 Tips to PLAN A PRESERVATION BIKE RIDE
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 3. Decide the route. Consider a loop that ends at the starting point. Do a trial run beforehand to work out any kinks.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 5. Prepare information beforehand. 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 time.
  7. 7. 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 with this).
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 8. Have fun and be creative. Hand out laminated spoke cards to stick between people’s spokes to commemorate the event.
  10. 10. 9. Meet up when it’s over. After you conclude your bike route, invite everyone for a drink at a local bar or some place similar.
  11. 11. 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 Collective (CPC).

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