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Biking to Provincetown


March 28th, 2008

No matter how you get to Provincetown, itís a good bet that you will want a bike while you are here. Itís simply not practical or pleasant to get around town by driving. The townís main street Ė Commercial Street Ė is thronged with people during the summer months, forcing car traffic to a crawl. Biking, on the other hand, is a breeze.

Three bike rental shops stand at the ready in Provincetown: Gale Force Bikes in the west end, Arnoldís Bike Shop on Commercial Street, and Ptown Bikes on Bradford Street.

Itís such a breeze in fact that you may even want to consider making your way to town by bike. While the more hardcore may wish to start their bike trip at the beginning of the Cape and take Route 6 all the way to Provincetown, those looking for a shorter and more enjoyable ride should consider starting mid-Cape in Dennis, where the Cape Cod Rail Trail begins.

The Rail Trail, which travels the path of the defunct Cape Cod railroad, is a 22-mile paved path running from Dennis to Wellfleet. The trail carries riders through forests and near beaches, offering them a chance to take in the areaís stunning landscapes at their own pace. From Wellfleet, where the trail ends, it is just a short 13 miles on to Provincetown via Route 6.

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Short-term parking is available at the start of the trail, or if you are coming for a longer stay, at the state-sponsored Park & Ride in nearby Harwich. To find out more about the Rail Trail, call Nickerson State Park at 508.896.3491.

Even if you do not bike into town, a cycle will come in handy as a great way to get about town, and to the beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore. There is also a paved bike trail running through the Province Lands that offers a challenging, and beautiful ride.

And, since itís a favorite for transport here, itís not hard to find a bike to use during your visit once you are in town.

Three bike rental shops stand at the ready: Gale Force Bikes in the west end, Arnoldís Bike Shop on Commercial Street, and Ptown Bikes on Bradford Street.

All three offer a variety of bikes for visitors to choose from, including mountain bikes, beach cruisers, road bikes, tandem bikes and kidsí bikes.

Bikes can be rented for a day, a week, or even a month. The cost of a weekly rental is between $70 and $80, depending on the bike.

To learn more, check out Provincetown.comís listings for Bike Rentals.





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