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Bike-friendly Newcastle

bike ride

Bike-friendly Newcastle

Paused through 3rd of April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English
bike ride

Bike-friendly Newcastle

bike ride

Bike-friendly Newcastle

Paused through 3rd of April. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

Without cycling in dangerous traffic you're going to ride this way and that around Newcastle and, on the way, get a short-snappy brain dump from someone with a PhD in architecture and urbanism. You will learn how Newcastle was founded and how global trends in urbanism are likely to shape it in coming years. You will learn how to recognise and speak about Gothic, Classical and Modernist architecture after having fine local examples explained to you, in terms of the overseas models they echo. Tourist attractions, shade, "facilities" and some plum food spots will be bumped into along the way. The main thing is this though: after this ride, you will know how to get around on a bike staying safe! It comes down to finding what your guide has called "Cycle Space". That is the title of his international book, written in Newcastle, but known all over the world thanks to the lectures and consultancies that Steven still regularly flies out to do. Once you know how to find Cycle Space, in Newcastle, or indeed any city, you will be ready to save the time and money you waste in commuting and cancel your candidature for chronic disease.

Your host

Learn more about Steven

Steven

I am an internationally recognised consultant, author and speaker on bicycle planning (google me, please!) While work assignments take me away, Newcastle is my home town and the place of my heart. I love its industrial heritage, architecture, quirkiness and of course its hidden network of bike routes. They inspired my first major book Cycle Space and are my main motivation for offering this experience through Air B and B.

What's included

Equipment
Your guide will have sunscreen, in case you need it.

Where you'll be

Think of any A-to-B trip in Newcastle (between, say, Tighes Hill, Broadmeadow, The Junction and Nobbies) and how you would do it by car. You're going to see how to do it by bike. It will be via shortcuts and secret routes you would never see from a car. You're going to Newcastle's "Cycle Space" layer, comprised of rail cuttings, shortcuts, city hacks, canals and quiet back streets, arriving at the city's architectural and cultural gems.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 15 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Guests should be comfortable riding a bike. We'll be using shared bike/pedestrian areas, so be gracious, ring your bell, and be calm around others. Look…

More tips

You are your own master while cycling. Whether you follow in your guide's precise tracks or not is YOUR CHOICE. No one will ride off without you, so take your time and take care of yourself.

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

Airbnb Experiences are vetted for quality

  • Local experts

    Led by locals who love where they’re from and what they do.

  • Small groups

    With intimate group sizes, you’ll never get lost in the crowd.

  • High standards

    Every experience is reviewed for unique access.

Steven
Bike-friendly Newcastle
New experience
£25/person
New experience
£25/person