Saturday, October 22, 2016

New bike club hosts a Lincoln Park – MacArthur Park ride

Courtesy Los Angeles Explorers Club

The Los Angeles Explorers Club will hold an 11-mile-long bike ride on Sunday, Sept 21 that will take riders from Lincoln Park in Lincoln Heights to Elysian Park, Echo Park and finally MacArthur Park.

The curated bike ride, which cost $10 a rider, features an over-arching history or culture theme for a variety of skill levels.

“We were meeting as a small group of friends to do these rides when we thought about creating something bigger and inviting the bike community to join us”, says L.A. Explorers Club founder, Aimee Gilchrist. “We just had no idea how many people would come out to support this and we were blown away. We had hoped for 50 on the first ride and we had close to 200”.

For more information on rides or to purchase tickets: www.laexplorersclub.com.

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  1. The $10 charge seems odd, it’s not like they’re closing the streets or anything. Why would anyone pay to ride on PUBLIC street?

  2. It is a guided tour and there is usually food and beverages as part of the package. They pay the people who design their flyers and it takes a lot of time and effort to do the research, outreach, and logistics.

    People pay for walking tours. People pay for boating tours. People ay for biking tours. People pay for hiking tours. People pay for horseback riding tours. People pay for kayak tours. All of the above take place on PUBLIC streets, roads, paths, waterways, etc.

    It is not odd, it is totally normal.

  3. I also find it odd that they charge for their rides. I know they include beer or whatever, but is that really necessary? For that matter, are fancy flyers or patches necessary? Plus, there are definitely ways to get flyers designed for free — i.e. Time Bank exchanges. And there’s no comparison to horseback riding or boating, where the tour leaders actually provide an essential part of the tour (horse, boat, etc).

    There are plenty of high-quality guided (or “curated”), BYOB bike rides that don’t cost anything. Ultimately they can do what they want, but the fee and the need to seem like a professional tour company are huge turn-offs for me.

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