Secrets for a Successful summer

Bring your bike with you for this fun and practical session of tips, tricks, and skills.

We’ll discuss and practice techniques for dealing with the summer crowds:

  • How to communicate with people who aren’t paying attention

  • What are the rules, really?

  • Hidden bike parking spaces.

Plus:

  • Alternate routes around town

  • How to use the new bike repair stations

  • Locking your bike so it doesn’t wander off

  • What to do if you crash.

I’ll show you how to deal with the chaos and get where you’re going without breaking a sweat.

This photo from 1976 shows that Commercial Street has long been chaotic in the summer.  (Courtesy of the Provincetown History Project)

This photo from 1976 shows that Commercial Street has long been chaotic in the summer. (Courtesy of the Provincetown History Project)

Just $10 per person, free for kids age 16 & under


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Survive Commercial Street

1 hour. Outdoors on-bike. $10 per adult, free for kids age 16 & under.

Commercial Street has its own set of rules that are informal, hard to figure out, and unknown to most of the people who are here in the summer.

It’s what the town manager has called “managed chaos,” but to most outsiders it just looks like mayhem.

I’ll take you through the best practices I’ve developed for dealing with the crowds, how to avoid a crash, and what to do if something bad happens.

We’ll talk about all the things that “get in the way” when you’re riding down the street:

  • Dogs on long leashes,

  • People taking pictures,

  • Telephone poles,

  • Giant trucks with gigantic mirrors.

And we’ll cover the behaviors that often cause folks resent those of us on bikes:

  • Riding on the sidewalk,

  • Riding on the wrong side of the street,

  • Riding the wrong way on one-way streets,

  • Riding too fast,

  • Riding without lights at night.

You’ll also get a take-home cheat sheet, a fun quiz on bike safety, and you’ll have a chance to win a bike t-shirt, a Pedal Ptown water bottle, or a set of bike lights!

The Provincetown Public Library’s seasonal on-street bike rack.

The Provincetown Public Library’s seasonal on-street bike rack.

What to Bring

To get the most out of this class, you’ll need:

  • Your bike (and a helmet for those 16 or under)

  • Comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes,

  • Your camera.

Where we meet

Tours start in the center of town at our meeting point: 6 Standish Street, right next to Art's Dune Tours.