How many people are on a tour?

Tour guests at Pilgrims' First Landing Park, where the Mayflower Pilgrims first landed in 1620.

Tour guests at Pilgrims' First Landing Park, where the Mayflower Pilgrims first landed in 1620.

I limit each public tour to only 4 guests so that everyone gets personal attention and a semi-private tour experience. I run every tour even if only one guest is booked.

If you have a group of more than four friends or family, shoot me an email and and I’d be happy to set up a private tour. I can accommodate up to 15 guests on a private town tour.

 

Where do tours start?

Look for the bike tours sign next to Art’s on Standish Street.

Look for the bike tours sign next to Art’s on Standish Street.

Tours start from 6 Standish Street, which is right next to Art’s Dune Tours on the block between Commercial St. and Bradford St.

Look for the blue, purple, and yellow “bike tours” sign. It’s a half-block walk from the MacMillan Pier parking lot. Your confirmation email will remind you of the location.

 

Where can I park?

If you’re visiting for the day, it’s best to get to town early since the parking lots can fill up by 10 am.

Parking in the summer is very limited and free spaces are rare. The best deal for the entire day is usually at the Riley’s Parking lot next to CVS at 132 Bradford Street.

Hourly pay parking is available at the town lot at the foot of MacMillan Pier. If you don’t mind a little walk, the Grace Hall Parking Lot behind the high school is the least expensive for hourly parking (access is from either Captain Bertie’s Way or Prince Street).

If you’re bringing your own bike and plan to ride a lot around town for the day, the Cape Cod National Seashore parking lots at Beech Forest and the Visitor Center are free and then you can bike into town (1 mile from Beech Forest, 2 miles from the Visitor Center).

What should I bring?

If you booked a “bring your own bike” (BYOB) ticket, be sure to bring your bike!

Also…

  • Please wear closed-toe shoes! We stop a lot along the tours, and you don’t want to mess up your pedicure.

  • Sunscreen, your phone/camera, and sunglasses are always good to have on hand.

Do I need to know how to ride a bike?

Yes. Basic bike handling skills—such as balancing, starting, and stopping—are required.

If you’re not sure of your bike skills, there are three-wheel adult trikes and tandem bikes (‘bicycle built for two’) so you can ride with a partner. Let me know if you’re interested in either option.

If you’d like to learn how to ride for the first time or need some skills practice, I offer private classes.

What kind of bikes do you rent?

Getting bikes lined up for a tour!

Getting bikes lined up for a tour!

I work with the local bike shops to rent their bikes, so the particular model may vary depending on availability. Their minimum rental period is 2 hours, which is why bike rentals are only available for tours that are two hours or longer. (If you’d like to keep the bike you ride on a tour for the entire day, I can arrange that for you.)

All the bikes are multi-speed comfort/cruiser/hybrid style bikes that have hand brakes. I’ll choose the right bike for you based on your height and skill level and the tour you’re booked on. The shops carry a variety of bikes, including those from Trek, Specialized, Jamis, Giant, Raleigh, Sun, Priority, and others. Kids bikes are available as well.

If you’re not comfortable on just two wheels, adult trikes (three-wheel tricycles with a basket on the back) are also available. Let me know when you book if this is something you’re interested in.

If you’re already renting a bike during your visit, you’re welcome to ride it on any of the tours.

 

What about weather?

I will cancel a tour 24 hours in advance if the forecast has a 50% or more chance of rain or other inclement weather. Forecasts here can be unreliable since we are a tiny spit of land out in the ocean. I follow the National Weather Service’s guidance, since they tend to be the most reliable.

I want you to enjoy the ride, have fun, and be safe, and decent weather is a part of that experience.

You’ll get an email letting you know if the tour is canceled and you’ll have the option to reschedule or receive a 100% refund to your credit card.

Can kids come on the tours?

Absolutely! Youth tickets are available at a discounted price. Just choose that ticket when making your reservation. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult guest.

I have bike options for all ages, but babies 12 months or younger are not allowed on bicycles by law in Massachusetts.

Anyone age 16 & under is required to wear a helmet.

I can arrange a variety of bikes, including a bakfiets box bike that can carry 2 small kids in its front box (complete with seatbelts), kid-size bikes, tag-alongs that let a younger kid pedal attached to the back of an adult rental bike, or a trailer for your little one.

Note: Kids bikes, trailers, and tag-alongs tend to sell out during Family Week in July, so please book ahead if you’re visiting then.

Can my dog come along on the ride?

If your dog is well-behaved, you can certainly bring them along! Dog trailers, baskets, or even a front-loading cargo bike can be rented to bring Fido on any town tour.

Can I book a tour the same day?

Sometimes… Depending on availability, the 1-hour Best of Ptown tour can often be booked the same day. Longer tours require booking at least 24 hours in advance. For real-time availability, check the Tour Calendar.

Can I get a refund?

If you booked directly through my web site, Peek.com, or Reserve With Google, you can get a 100% refund if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of your tour. No-shows will not be refunded.

Bookings made through third parties like Airbnb, Expedia, or Tripadvisor are subject to their cancellation policies, which can be pretty strict.

Do I need to sign a waiver?

For the tours, different jurisdictions have different requirements:

  • To participate in a town tour, you’ll need to sign a release of liability form when you check in;

  • For tours that operate in the Cape Cod National Seashore, there is an “acknowledgement of risk” form that I’ll ask you to review and sign at check-in.

Any minor participating in a tour or class will need the signature of a parent or guardian.

If you’re renting a bike through me, you will need to sign the rental agreement for the respective bike shop.