Immerse yourself in nature at Florida’s kayaking hotspot: Bradenton
Swap the sofa for a kayak this winter and embark on a sunny adventure on the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Paddle your way through Florida’s diverse natural landscape, admiring Bradenton’s world class nature reserves, stunning lagoons and abundance of wildlife this winter for a perfect outdoor winter sun break.
Kayaking is a great way to explore what Bradenton has to offer. The calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico make the location a safe spot for people of all ages to take to the water and guided tours of the area are available.
Explore Bradenton’s Robinson Preserve by kayak, boasting 487 acres of preserved coastal marshland allowing visitors to appreciate some of Florida’s most beautiful ecosystems. There is a five mile kayaking trail running through the natural landscape as well as hiking paths, bridges and picnic spots.
Home to over 100 species of birds and 75 species of fish, the preserve attracts a variety of rare wildlife, including wood storks, white pelicans and bald eagles. Scale the 40 foot observation tower for a terrific view of nature at its best.
Seven nights at Tortuga Inn Beach Resort costs from £1,340 per person including return flights from London Gatwick to Tampa on British Airways plus car hire. Price based on 2 people sharing on room only basis. Departures in November 2013. For more information contact 020 8742 8299, or visit www.americaasyoulikeit.com
Located between St. Petersburg and Sarasota on Florida’s west coast, Anna Maria Island & Longboat Key, and their coastal companions, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, are treasured for their authentic Old Florida charm, breath-taking scenery, funky dining and shopping districts, and 16 miles of sugar-white sands. For further information on Bradenton/Anna Maria Island/Long Boat Key please visit http://www.bradentongulfislands.com
After 35 years as the world’s premiere active travel company, Backroads is celebrating its milestone year by unveiling an array of new travel offerings and an all-new bike fleet (including redesigned Custom Titanium bikes, top-of-the-line pro-level bikes and electric-assist bikes) for couples, families, singles and private groups seeking an unparalleled travel experience. In 2014 Backroads is adding Greenland, the Canary Islands, the Carolinas and San Francisco to Monterey to its destination lineup.
“For 35 years, Backroads has been a company continually in motion, always focused on turning great ideas into reality for our guests,” explains Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale. “We have many new offerings on tap for 2014 to make our travel adventures even better including upgrading our world-class bike fleet, expanding our trip collection and debuting new Family Breakaway Trips for families with older teens and 20-somethings. We have also enhanced our Private Trips program to make planning and booking travel easier and more flexible than ever before.”
Get Pumped Up with New Bike Fleet
The industry’s best bike fleet just got better! Backroads’ all-new Custom Titanium bikes feature a redesigned frame and upgraded components. The new Ti bike weighs in at a full two pounds less than its predecessor. Additionally, Backroads has acquired a brand-new fleet of 2014 Specialized S-Works Roubaix and Ruby pro-level bikes equipped with the best componentry on the market. And for riders of different abilities who want to bike together without feeling forced to speed up or slow down, the new custom electric-assist bike is the perfect solution (plus it’s absolutely silent).
Tripping with Older Teens and 20-Somethings
To make family travel with older children a positive experience for the whole family, Backroads is rolling out Family Breakaway Trips—big adventures for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Backroads understands that young adults are increasingly sophisticated, active and curious and may have different interests from their parents and siblings. Family Breakaway Trips are the perfect opportunity for the whole family to maximize time together.
Nineteen Nifty New Itineraries
Backroads is rolling out 19 new Classic, Family and Singles-Solos itineraries in 2014, expanding its diverse collection of trips to more than 70 destinations worldwide. New trips include
three of Backroads’ most cycling-centric trips ever—a winter escape in Spain’s Canary Islands, six glorious days in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Carolinas, and the Epic Ride (for serious riders) along legendary routes in Northern California. New options for exploring the world on foot include a journey from the canal to the cloud forest in Panama, and a walking and cooking trip in Provence. For travelers who prefer a blend of activities, there are new offerings in Canada’s pristine Gulf Islands, the awe-inspiring Swiss Alps and Nordic exploration among the spectacular glaciers of Iceland & Greenland.
Notable New 2014 Offerings
Classic Biking Trips:
Canary Islands, the Carolinas, the Epic Ride
Classic Multisport Trips:
Gulf Islands, Iceland, San Francisco to Monterey, Switzerland
Classic Walking & Hiking Trips:
Galápagos & Andes, Iceland & Greenland, Panama, Provence Cooking
Family Multisport Trips:
Iceland & Greenland, San Francisco to Monterey, South Africa & Botswana
Singles-Solos Multisport Deluxe Camping Trips:
Alaska, Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon, Canadian Rockies, San Juan Islands, Yellowstone & Tetons
Family Breakaway Trips:
Bryce, Zion & Grand Canyon Multisport, San Francisco to Monterey Multisport
Czech Republic & Austria Biking, Dalmatian Coast Biking, Holland & Belgium Biking, Loire Valley Biking, Israel Biking, Pyrenees to Costa Brava Biking, Tuscany Biking
Asia, Pacific, Latin America & Africa
Argentina Lake District Biking, Bali Biking, Costa Rica Multisport, Cuba Insider, Galápagos & Andes Multisport, Hawaii’s Big Island Biking, Panama Multisport, Peru Multisport, South Africa & Botswana Multisport, Thailand Biking, Vietnam & Cambodia Biking
Winter-Spring Single Track Rides in Sedona, Sonoran Desert, Death Valley In Phase One Roll-out of Western US Destinations
Scottsdale, AZ – The company that put self-guided bicycle tours first on the French map and then across Europe is introducing meticulously planned, self-guided and custom guided bicycle vacations to the United States.
Pure Adventures is bringing its signature blend of top-of-the-line travel planning and execution in iconic destinations domestically for the first time this autumn. It is launching a first salvo of to-be 20-plus bicycle tours in the American West that will bring a new level of independent travel to this growing vacation sport.
Pure Adventures is focusing first on the Southwest for early winter through early spring adventures where warm temperatures are expected to entice cyclists from both the United States and abroad. Tours range from two to six days in such popular snowbird destinations as the mountainous Sonoran desert around Scottsdale, AZ, the red rocks of Sedona, and Death Valley, CA.
“Clients who travel with us to Europe ask, ‘What about self-guided tours in the US?’” said Loren Siekman, founder/owner. Because of the focus on this country’s National Parks, he anticipates that the international market will also be enthusiastic about his company’s new stateside itineraries.
An example of one itinerary is the Guided/Self-Guided Sonoran Desert Mountain Biking Tour. This trip combines the joys of independent, self-paced cycling and catered wilderness camping. Guides take care of setting up the camp (including menus and ingredients for self-prepared meals), supporting rides and shuttling participants to trail heads all over the valley. Local experts will enhance the trip by taking care of the camp chores, providing entertaining natural history interpretation, plus riding tips for anyone interested in expanding their skills.
Guests transfer from Scottsdale to McDowell Sonoran Preserve where they are fitted with bikes. The first ride is a raucous descent down the gradual east slope of theMcDowellMountainsbefore rolling into a well-appointed, private base camp. Day two is the McDowellMountainRegionalPark that has single track created just for mountain bikers.
Day three moves to another part of the desert, flowing through the whoopty-doos and carving the bermed turns. The Black Canyon Trail on day four follows a National Recreation Trail and traverses along the foothills of the 7,000-foot Bradshaw Mountains to treat riders to some of Arizona’s finest cactus-studded views and a taste of the best new single track in the country. On day five guests head back to Scottsdale.
The per person rate of $1,065 is based on a minimum of four riders.
Included are round-trip transportation from Scottsdale; all permit, camping and park entry fees; four nights lodging at a deluxe, safari-style base camp (double occupancy tents with comfortable sleeping pads); self-prepared meals (food provided) from lunch on arrival to departure day; snacks and bottled water; front suspension mountain bike – Giant Revel 1 or equivalent; gloves; helmet and pedals when requested.
And to help celebrate the launch of its new domestic programs, those booking a US trip before Dec. 1, 2013, will receive a free Pure Adventures cycling jersey.
Pure Adventures has formed a new exclusive partnership with AOA Adventures, also based in Scottsdale, AZ, which “puts instant infrastructure and experience in place to launch our tour offers in North America,” Siekman said. AOA Adventures supplies custom outdoor services and logistical assistance to groups of all types from corporate to charities and other tour operations. The operation offers the Southwest’s most diverse and extensive (over 400) bicycle rental fleet. Other equipment rentals include kayaks, camping and backpacking gear.
Siekman noted that all of the company’s support personnel and guides (who conduct initial orientations) are certified and trained as Wilderness First Responders and some are EMT’s, NOLS graduates, as well as pro level mountain bikers, triathletes and serious outdoor practitioners. The company uses quality vehicles and adheres to a deluxe, leave-no-trace camping format.
Pure Adventures’ self-guided tours in 2014 span Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and now the United States with the introduction of 20 programs in the West.
In The Saddle has been announced as a top three finalist in their category of the prestigious 2013 British Travel Awards. The winners were on 31 October at a glamorous Halloween Night Gala Awards Dinner, held at Battersea Evolution in London and attended by close to a thousand travel industry people.
If successful, In The Saddle will become the first equestrian travel company to be awarded one of the prestigious accolades since the scheme began in 2001. Along with the whole team at In The Saddle, Managing Director Olwen Law is very proud to be in contention, “It is a great honour to be in the final three of our category,” she says. “In relative terms we are still a very small company in comparison to some travel businesses and it means such a lot to us that so many of our customers have taken the time to vote for us.”
British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “This year more than one million votes were cast by consumers to determine the winners of the coveted British Travel Awards – making it the largest awards programme in the UK; to win is truly an accolade. The travelling public regard the British Travel Awards winners logo as the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really are the best travel companies and In The Saddle is to be congratulated on their achievement in an awards programme which garners the opinions of the nation – these finalists really are the best in travel.”
The British Travel Awards is a proudly independent organisation, audited by leading global accountancy practitioners Deloitte. The BTAs are the only travel industry accolades voted for exclusively by the travelling public, and the Awards serve to recognise all that is great about UK travel companies.
Guidebook for longest off-pavement bicycling route in the world re-released as popularity of bikepacking and dirt touring grows
Missoula, MT — Amidst surging interest in off-pavement touring and bikepacking, Adventure Cycling Association celebrates the publication of the second edition of Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on North America’s Premier Long-Distance Mountain Bike Route by Michael McCoy (The Mountaineers Books, 2013).
Cycling the Great Divide is a detailed travel guide for the organization’s popular Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. McCoy researched and mapped the route in the 1990s and subsequently wrote the guidebook, first published in 2000.
“The popularity of dirt-road touring and ‘gravel grinding’ has surged over the past few years,” author McCoy said. “A fair share of this growth can be attributed to the attention received by the Tour Divide, a race that was conceived by the very fact that the Great Divide route existed, that it had been researched and mapped. The trend has even inspired a new breed of off-pavement touring bike, epitomized by the Salsa Fargo and the aptly named Co-Motion Divide.”
The second edition of Cycling the Great Divide includes updated information for the entire route and covers 254 miles in Canada that have been added to the route since the first edition. Many traveling cyclists use the book in tandem with Adventure Cycling’s cyclist-specific maps for the route.
“Like the first edition of Cycling the Great Divide, edition two provides a wealth of background on history, natural history, and geology — as well as navigational and logistical tips — that simply won’t fit on the Adventure Cycling maps,” McCoy said. “Conversely, the maps in the book, because of the constraints of page size, are nowhere near as detailed as the dedicated maps are. In other words, riders are well advised to carry both the book and the Adventure Cycling maps.”
The longest off-pavement route in the world, the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route traces the spine of the Rocky Mountains for 2,774 miles from Canada to Mexico, traversing Alberta and British Columbia and western landscapes through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. Cyclists who tackle it in its entirety face 200,000 feet of elevation from start to finish, akin to summiting Mount Everest seven times. However, shorter tours on the route are very possible. To accommodate trips of varying lengths, Adventure Cycling’s maps for the route are broken intoseven map sections, each of which covers between 250 and 500 miles of the route.
For a glimpse of what to expect from the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, check out Adventure Cycling’s new Great Divide route highlights video, produced in partnership with Co-Motion Cyclesand Revelate Designs.
Visit Tallahassee unveiled Trailahassee.com, a new website designed for travelers interested in biking, hiking, running, paddling and equestrian trails in the Tallahassee area. In addition to featured trails, the site boasts interactive maps, blogs, GPS functionality and information on outfitters and associations. The area features almost 600 miles of trails.
“We are fortunate in having tremendous natural resources that lend themselves to the types of outdoor recreational activities sought by today’s travelers,” said Lee Daniel, executive director of the county’s tourism division. “Trailahassee was a logical step in identifying those assets for travelers and providing detailed information in a digital environment that essentially becomes a personal guide for users.”
Italy’s active leader in guided and self-guided mountain travel, Dolomite Mountains Ltd. http://dolomitemountains.com/en/home.htm, in 2014 will lead three scheduled departures and arrange custom tours that retrace impressions made in World War I (WWI) on the formidable collection of mountain peaks known as the Dolomites.
Set departures of an 8-day itinerary exploring the Via Ferrata (iron path) of WWI and trekking the Alta Via (high routes) are July 5, Aug.2 and Sept 6, 2014. Guides will immerse participants in the stories, ruins and remnants of this historic route on this, the centennial year commemorating the start of the “war to end all wars.” See:
Imagine the Dolomites from 1915-1918 as WWI raged across the peaks and valleys, with Austrian and Italian soldiers, often friends from neighboring villages, fighting each other. In these sad years that saw Italy face the German and Austro-Hungarian armies on alpine battlefields, the soldiers tried to make their lives in the mountains as easy as possible. Soldiers here (and in other regions) dug long tunnels inside the mountains with dynamite and picks, built suspension bridges across deep chasms, iron paths and refuges (mountain shelters) that literally hung on sheer cliffs. Some vestiges of this history are in their original state; others have been renovated and transformed into open air museums on the mountains of Lagazuoi, Marmolada, Tofane and Col di Lana.
“The iron paths that have been opened originally had nothing to with the true spirit of mountaineering or the passion for the mountains. But today these paths stand as silent witnesses of some of the most tragic and memorable events of WWI. This itinerary can make us stop and consider the horrors of all wars, while admiring a breath-taking panorama. The consciousness of what happened in this incredibly beautiful area can give a small contribution to the cause of Peace,” said Agustina Lagos Marmol, Dolomite Mountains owner.
The rate for this eight-day program is €1990. The hike suggested for well-trained hikers in good and active physical health begins in Cortina d’Ampezzo and ends in Alta Badia. Included are a local English-speaking guide, logistics and map of the area, accommodations, some meals, Via Ferrata equipment, lifts and cable cars in the area, luggage transfer on day four, local medical and evacuation insurance and Italian VAT tax.
About Dolomite Mountains srl (Dolomite Mountains Ltd.)
Dolomite Mountains srl is a local company in the Dolomites specializing and providing unique experiences in adventure travel within one of the most beautiful natural settings on Earth. Types of trips offered include Hike, Bike, Via Ferrata, Climb, Snowshoe, Photo Safari, Ski, Self Guided and Luxury Trips.
For over 15 years they have been crafting Dolomite adventures, helping travelers uncover the region’s true spirit. Customized guided and self guided active trips and luxury and gourmet adventures take travelers off the beaten path for authentic experiences that reveal the real Dolomites.
Dolomite Mountains srl believes in the value of sharing their love of the mountains and natural places with others while also recognizing the need to take care of them if they are to be here for future generations. They employ sustainable practices in all daily operations – everything from recycling in the office to leaving only footprints while in the field. Hotels are selected that adhere to environmentally sustainable standards wherever possible including two CasaClima hotels in certain accommodation options (CasaClima is a building certification that establishes a standard for energy efficiency that follows the Kyoto Protocol and a standard for use of sustainable resources.) The company also supports several worthy organizations that contribute to the betterment of societies and their environs around the world such as SUMMITS4KIDS and The Footprints Network. See: THIS LINK.
Introducing 6 new vacations along with the return of tours to Tuscany and Provence in new walking catalog
Bristol, VT – VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has announced its full line of thirteen 2014 Walking tours featuring destinations from Peru to Tuscany to Yellowstone National Park. With VBT, travelers will see beautiful countries around the globe while experiencing new cultures, delicious cuisine and comfortable accommodations that reflect the destination. “We’ve long felt that there are few things that are more rewarding than a nice, peaceful walk,” said VBT President Gregg Marston. “Walking allows time for reflection, a chance to take things slowly and immerse yourself in your surroundings and the freedom to wander always promises new discoveries.”
Some of VBT’s earliest international active vacations were in Italy and they have become known as the Italy Travel Expert due to the company’s long history of running popular and successful tours throughout the country. In addition to the seven Italian bicycling vacations VBT currently offers, they will be providing three walking tours there in 2014: The Amalfi Coast & Capri—VBT’s most popular walking vacation, Walking the Italian Lakes featuring Lake Como and the return of Italy: The Quiet Pathways of Tuscany, which is back by popular demand.
“Whether you are new to VBT or want to travel with us again—which 98.6% of our travelers say they would—know that we’ve been visiting Italy since 1994 and select the best walking destinations in the country for our tours,” says VBT Director of Marketing Paul Williams. “And our expert Trip leaders are all Italian locals who provide unparalleled insight into the culture to our guests.” VBT delivers authentic, cultural experiences on all their trips. In Italy travelers will be immersed in local culture through insightful interactions with locals during home-cooked meals and tastings at family-run olive oil mills and locally-run vineyards.
As the season begins to turn with the onset of fall VBT wants to remind travelers about their growing list of vacations that make great warm winter walking escapes. The company offers the popular vacation Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley and the explorer’s paradise Argentina: Walking in Patagonia, as well as introducing three new vacations for 2014.
The new warm winter trips include Spain: A Walking Tour of Basque Country which explores the unique mountainous region on the coast of the Mediterranean; “tramping” among mountains, crystalline lakes and pristine beaches on Walking New Zealand: Splendor of the South Island, and Walking Vietnam: The Trails of Indochina. “Vietnam is a great escape from the cold and snow of a North American winter since that time of year is their dry season,” says VBT Director of Worldwide Product, Chris Skilling. “And our inclusion of all entry fees, 4-star accommodations and internal flights, coupled with the strength of the US dollar in Vietnam, makes for an excellent value.”
For the first time in the company’s history, VBT will operate walking vacations within the United States. Sparked by their recent acquisition by Xanterra Parks & Resorts, VBT is offering three vacations to five different National Parks in 2014.
Travelers can explore the Grand Canyon, Zion, Grand Teton and Yellowstone while staying in amenity-filled lodges right in the heart of the parks. VBT is also launching a walking vacation closer to their headquarters in the popular New England destination, Acadia National Park. “VBT can get you closer to the ‘real’ Acadia through years of planning with our long-time Trip Leaders and friends on Mount Desert Island,” added Skilling. “We’ve come up with a vacation that will feature the best walks, designed to show off the dramatic landscape of this beautiful park.”
Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Walking America’s Wilderness – Walk among the otherworldly geothermal features of America’s first National Park while staying at the iconic Old Faithful Inn. Travelers will also explore the huge massifs and visit pristine alpine lakes of the Grand Tetons in the trip’s first leg.
Walking the American West: Zion & Grand Canyon –This tour includes a walk through the captivating Zion canyon, where guests will admire the amazing views and unbelievable rock formations carved out by the Virgin River. Later in the vacation they’ll venture by historic railway to the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and a must see for any avid traveler.
Coastal Maine: Walking Acadia – Travelers will experience true New England coastal culture while walking along the many trails that visit park features like Jordan Pond, Sand Beach and Cadillac Mountain—the tallest peak on the Eastern Seaboard. Guests stay for 5 nights at ocean front inns and will even participate in a classic Maine lobster bake.
VBT is also increasing its European destinations in 2014 with the return of two vacations, France: Slow Road through Provence and Italy: The Quiet Pathways of Tuscany. These will join the very popular Ireland: Walking the West Country vacation, which is rated as “excellent” by 91% of VBT travelers.
A unifying strength of all these walking vacations is that VBT hires expert, local Trip Leaders to guide all of their trips. In fact, 95% of VBT travelers rate their leaders as “excellent”. Each leader is a resident of country they lead in and therefore know the local customs and traditions, as well as inside information about reliable places to shop, eat, explore, and relax while on a VBT vacation. They’ll also be able to answer any questions a guest may have about the history or native flora and fauna of their surroundings during the intimate experience of walking with a small group of not more than 20 travelers. This group size also ensures the undivided attention of Trip Leaders as VBT finds the social aspect of walking appeals greatly to their travelers.
VBT travelers enjoy all of these outstanding experiences at the best value in active travel. VBT’s prices are lower than the competition and they include accommodations at quaint inns, luxurious resorts and comfortable, rustic lodges. In addition to many included meals, free use of walking poles and expert local Trip Leaders; there will be an on-tour support vehicle available to transport luggage, provide snacks and assist travelers at designated meeting points along the way. These trips also feature eye-opening cultural encounters at every bend in the road like talking with local families about their livelihoods in the Mekong Delta or browsing local crafts and art work at the artists’ galleries of Cusco.
Founded in 1971 by a Middlebury College professor, VBT offers deluxe, small group bicycling, walking and cross-country ski tours worldwide, including destinations in Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, Peru, Argentina, Canada and the United States. Each trip includes all accommodations, many meals, two expert local Trip Leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and on-tour vehicle support for biking and walking vacations. Unlike other companies, VBT also includes roundtrip international airfare from over 30 U.S. cities for all overseas vacations.
Log on to the company’s website at www.vbt.com to view detailed itineraries or to sign-up for the latest full catalog of all of VBT’s walking vacations. VBT’s Tour Consultants can be reached at 800-245-3868 Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST.
As bike-share systems continue to debut in cities across the United States, the dynamics of choice between bike-share and traditional bike rentals is more relevant. In markets with both offerings, which include New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, Miami and San Francisco, there continues to be ongoing customer confusion about making the correct choice. The right choice will save the user time, money and ensure a better overall biking experience.
Bike and Roll, the nation’s premier bike tour and bike rental operators, now provides discerning riders an easy way to compare the two systems based on intended use with easy to read comparison charts at kiosks in all regional markets, outlining the primary differences between the two systems.
“The two systems serve very different purposes and the key distinctions involve pricing, packaged accessories, the length of a rental, the intended customer base and the bicycles themselves,” said Darryll White, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Bike and Roll. “Our goal is to familiarize the cycling public on the differences so potential customers understand how each system works and can therefore decide which product meets their needs.”
Comparing Some Key Features:
Bike-Share best serves the commuting public when use is intended for no longer than 30 minutes to an hour (depending on the city), while also providing brief one-way rides between connecting modes of transportation. Bike-share is designed to reduce auto traffic and subsequently reduce the carbon footprint of these urban areas.
Bike and Roll best serves the leisurely and recreational rider, typically a tourist that is looking to explore a new city and all the sights and sounds it has to offer. Also intended for longer term rides, typically over 2+ hours. Bike and Roll’s mission involves providing a fun, safe and economical way to best explore the urban area.
Bike-Share, use is typically very low cost for the first hour or less, but becomes significantly more expensive after that time period. For example, in New York City, a one-day pass with Citi Bike is $9.95 for the first 30 minutes free. The price, including usage fees increases to $35 for a two-hour rental, $131 for six hours, etc.
Bike and Roll, rental equipment use typically becomes a better bargain after one hour. For example, in New York City, the standard bike rental price starts at $14 per hour. After the first hour, the rental costs $28 for a two-hours and $44 for a full-day rental.
Bike-Share only includes the bike itself (helmet typically not included), which is one-size-fits-all, weighs nearly twice as much as a typical bike and includes only a few gears.
Bike and Roll offers variety in terms of available biking and rental equipment catering to all ages. In addition, Bike and Roll rentals include locks, helmets and other necessary safety equipment along with maps for each city.
Minimum age requirement,
Bike-Share systems typically restrict use to those 16-years-of-age or older.
Bike and Roll will allow use by children with legal guardian supervision.
Note: Bike and Roll provides the helmets required by law for use by minors whereas Bike-Share can not.
Bike-Share docking stations are all unmanned and available 24/7. Docking stations have a tendency to fill up or be completely empty during peak commuter hours.
Bike and Roll stations are always staffed, offering guided bike tours, specialty routes, self-guided tours and ongoing deals and discounts at various attractions. Bike and Roll typically opens daily at 8 a.m. with seasonal closing hours based on location. Bike and Roll stocks inventory in order to avoid equipment shortages, but participants are urged to call and reserve in advance, especially during peak weekends.
Bike-Share typically consists of multiple docking stations and many bicycles. For example, there are 325 bike-share stations with 6,000 bikes in New York City.
Bike and Roll NYC has 11 rental kiosks with 2,000 bikes.
Given the highlighted differences, if the potential cyclist is looking for a short trip, over flat terrain, with docking accessibility and longer operating hours, Bike-Share is the recommended choice. However, if the potential cyclist is looking for a more recreational and tourism-related experience with increased equipment and rental options for all ages, along with personal customer service, including guided tours, and more cost effective value for longer use periods, then Bike and Roll is the recommended choice.
The two systems are intended to complement each other based on a user’s intentions, and in the New York City and Washington D.C. markets, Bike and Roll collaborates with Bike-Share on several key events and initiatives over the course of a year, including helmet rental partnerships in both cities. For more on Bike and Roll, please visit http://www.bikeandroll.com
Norway is listed in the ‘Top Ten Adventure Nations’ list in Lonely Planet’s new book Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures. With its many outdoor thrills like kayaking, hiking and skiing as well as festivals like the Extreme Sports Week in Voss, Norway is hailed as one of the best destinations for active travellers and adrenalin junkies. The book notes,’ For raw and rugged beauty, Norway has few peers. Fjords cut deep incisions into the coast and mountains rise on every horizon.’
Norwegian destinations featured on the following lists:
‐ Telemark: Retro Active: Old School Adventures
‐ Midnight Sun Marathon, Tromsø: Mind‐Blowing Marathons
‐ Ekstremsportveko: Best Adventure Festivals
‐ Trollstigen: Hair‐Raising Road Trips
‐ Lofoten Islands: Epic Sea‐Kayak Paddles
‐ Northern Lights, Tromsø: Eye‐Catching Atmospheric Extravaganzas
‐ Tackle the Troll Road (Trollstigen): Ultimate Motorbike Adventures
‐ Telemark in Telemark: Iconic European Adventures
‐ Tysfjord: Truly Wild Waterways
‐ Ski across Spitsbergen: Most Magnificent Coast‐to‐Coast Missions
About Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures book
The book is available in shops from mid-September, and includes the world’s most daring and breathtaking experiences. It covers a range of challenges to suit everyone from travelers looking for their first active trip to hardcore adrenalin junkies. For more information: www.lonelyplanet.com
For more information on Norway: www.visitnorway.co.uk
Image bank: http://www2.imageshop.no/innovasjon/
Transport: Norwegian Air (www.norwegian.com ) and SAS (www.flysas.co.uk) fly directly from the UK to several
destinations in Norway
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