The sun was shining and the spokes were spinning on a beautiful spring Sunday in Burlington.
I love to bike. I live on the bike path that's one of the reasons I moved here and I try to do it often," said cyclist Sally Rice. She is one of about a hundred Burlingtonians enjoying the inaugural ride on a new self guided tour called Cycle the City.
"A lot of people when they come to town they bike the Bike Path. What this does is gets you off the waterfront bike path and takes you to places you may not have seen before," explained creator Nic Anderson. At first, Anderson, who is a volunteer at bike shop Local Motion, just wanted to spruce up some 15-year-old cycle the city signs. But, twelve months and countless hours of work later, he's created a pedal-propelled history tour of the Queen City.
The ten mile loop begins and ends at the waterfront and makes stops along the way to historic places like the Ethan Allen Homestead, and UVM. There are 21 new signs along the way and brochures and maps denote places of interest where you may want to stop.
"It's real important so people see it's not just this desolate path but it's connected to the community. that's important," said participant John Bossange.
Not only are the new signs helpful all along the trail, but you can also take them with you. With a quick scan of your smart phone to the Q.R. Code at the bottom corner of the posted signs, you can instantly have the map on your phone and you can take it with you wherever you go.
"It's a 12 page guide you can have on your phone which has the map, all the turning points and all the features you might see," said Anderson of the cell phone feature.
And as for Sally Rice, she thinks the new loop will get her out on her bike more often -- and help keep her on track.
"It's spectacular. It's really good. It's great. It's been wonderful today. I've gotten lost on it before and not a way to get lost today," Rice said.
The path also offers additional bonus tracks if you're looking to get off the pavement and into some more secluded wildlife areas.
Officials say biking brings in about 5 million dollars annual to Burlington's economy.