Andrew Prescott isn’t sitting around and waiting for the cycling conditions in Boston to improve. Urban AdvenTours removes sightseers from tour buses and perches their butts squarely on hybrid (road / offroad hybrids…not hybrid electric) bicycles. The goal is to give tourists an up close and personal experience with Boston’s culture, landscapes, architecture, sights, and smells.
The experience of riding a bike provides a unique, intimate experience with one’s surroundings—so much so that local customers are not uncommon on the tours. “My goal for every participant on my rides is to get a full perspective of this city, all of its quirks and idiosyncrasies, the details you could only get while biking," says Prescott. Prescott and his tour guides are not only introducing people to the city; they’re teaching how to ride safely and effectively in an urban environment. This helps to promote cycling as a viable form of urban transportation to people who might be timid to attempt it on their own.
Urban AdvenTours provides easy access to historical sites without the hassle of dealing with delays in congested Boston traffic or fighting for parking spaces. Tours are good for the city (no emissions and reduced traffic) as well as participants (cardiovascular activity comes with your history lesson).
The Urban AdvenTours guides either don’t own cars or use them sparingly. For the rare occasion when the company needs a vehicle (i.e. dropping off bikes), they use a delivery truck that runs off of waste vegetable oil provided by a local restaurant.
Urban AdvenTours offers several different tour packages as well as custom group tour options. Hybrid bike rentals are also available. For more information or to book a tour, check out their website.
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