The Pink Lantern Bike Tour explores Brooklyn’s meals and tradition
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Red Lantern Bicycles is exploring a delicious side of Brooklyn with its new culinary bike tours.
The Red Lantern Roll Tours, which started in June, each have a flavorful theme that guides their way. On Saturday’s “BK Dessert Trail” tour, attendees got a sweet tooth as they rode through neighborhoods while sampling goodies from local stores like Brooklyn Kolache Co. and Brooklyn Sweet Spot.
While sightseeing tours can scream “tourists”, guide Jerry Pura, 34, wants to fill every 12-point group with New Yorkers.
“Essentially, I want these to be locals first,” says Pura. “I want this to be an opportunity for people who live in New York to get out of their homes, neighborhoods, and blocks to get a wider sense of what life in this city is all about.”
Pura, who has lived in Fort Greene for five years, says he keeps exposing himself to new cultures and secrets the city has to offer. A keen biker who is constantly exploring new neighborhoods, Pura hopes the tours will help New Yorkers pull the plug and appreciate the “history, people, and things that make the city so dynamic.”
“We explore parts of the city’s food, culture and communities that you can get to by subway, but the most interesting and exciting way to see is by bike so you don’t miss a thing on the road. There are so many little things you can pass, ”says Pura, adding that the last tour took the group past an impromptu percussion performance in Prospect Park.
The $ 20-per-person tour offers you tastings at four restaurants across the district. Tours never follow a typical route. Some can take you to and from Coney Island and back from the Fort Greene store at 345 Myrtle Avenue, but on average, they will cover the eight miles in just under three hours.
If it sounds too strict to you, don’t worry. Red Lantern Bicycle owner Brian Gluck, 37, says the tour is going at a leisurely pace.
“I’ll say I’m not an avid driver. I’m a novelist and I was worried about being in shape for the ride, but it wasn’t too stressful. We’re driving at the pace of the slowest driver, so it wasn’t difficult at all, ”says Gluck, who lives in Kensington.
Drivers are asked to bring water and sunscreen and wear helmets. Bicycles are not provided during the tour, riders can rent one from Red Lantern for $ 15 for the day.
The Red Lantern bike tours are expected to run twice a month through October.
“We’ll run it for as long as the weather allows and people are interested,” says Pura. “The other day the people at the end [of the tour] exchanged email addresses and Facebook contact information, made new friends, which is really exciting. As long as we see that, we will continue. “
For more information on taking a tour, visit redlanternbicycles.com.