Provincetown’s unmistakable landscape has a wonderful way of transforming even the most reluctant city slicker into a veritable outdoors person. Who can resist those crazy dunes, the classic lighthouses, and the mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets? Despite the fact that many windows in Ptown offer a glimpse of the ocean, it’s still nice to get beyond the village to enjoy Mother Nature to the fullest. Ptown offers plenty of flat roads and trails for casual biking. Just be sure to avoid Route 6 as it has no bike lane and no safe shoulder to ride on. For cyclists of all levels, here are two of our favorite rides:
1) Province Lands Bike trail
The Province Lands is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. For the history buffs out there, the land was originally set aside as a fisheries reserve in the 1600s by the Plymouth Bay Colony. The Cape’s early colonists were keenly aware of the importance of protecting their marine resources. It’s a hilly loop a little over 5 miles, with another 2 more miles of extensions to be added (Herring Cove Beach, Race Point Beach, Bennett Pond). This trail winds through the otherworldly dunescape of the Outer Cape. You can easily bike from town or park your car at the Province Lands Visitor Center. Maps are available at the trailhead.
2) Cape Cod Rail Trail: The Cape Cod Rail Trail (CCRT) is a 25 mile, paved bike trail built over a 19th century rail line. Stretching from Dennis to Wellfleet, it’s the best way to see many of the Cape’s towns, with plenty of places to stop for snacks, shopping, swimming, etc. It’s fairly flat and a family-friendly ride. For those staying in Ptown, it’ll be a little bit of a drive to get to it.
Here are some additional resources for our cycle-minded visitors:
1) Cape Cod Bike Guide (www.capecodbikeguide.com): Easy website with an extensive list of trails/paths (including directions) and bike shops.
2) Ptown Bikes (www.ptownbikes.com): Full-service bike shop on Bradford Street just west of the Brass Key
3) Gale Force Bikes (http://www.galeforcebikes.com/): Full-service bike shop in Ptown with rentals, sales, and repairs. Also offers a convenience store to stock of up sandwiches and drinks. Conveniently located just off the Herring Cove Beach extension of the Province Lands Bike Trail.
4) The Bike Shack (www.provincetownbikeshack.com) Located on Shank Painter street headed into town, it offers biker rentals, repairs, sales, and service.
5) Arnold’s Bike Shop (http://provincetownbikes.com/): Another of Ptown’s full-service bike shop located on Commercial Street, also offers rentals, sales, and repairs.
6) Provincetown Bike Rentals (http://www.provincetownbikerentals.com/): Provincetown’s newest bike rental store.