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Organizers Launch Food Tours on Two Wheels to Push for Queens 'Bike Loop'

By Katie Honan | August 11, 2015 11:43am | Updated on August 11, 2015 7:49pm
 The Queens Bike Initiative hopes to create bike lanes connecting local parks. 
The Queens Bike Initiative hopes to create bike lanes connecting local parks. 
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EAST ELMHURST — A group of cyclists pushing for bike lanes to connect local parks have launched a series of bike tours to show off neighborhood eats.

The tours, hosted once a month through the winter by Queens Bike Initiative, will visit parks and restaurants in western Queens, organizers said.

The first tour on Aug. 29 starts at the northwest corner of Travers Park, on 77th Street near Northern Boulevard, and rolls through Astoria, Ditmars and East Elmhurst. It begins at 10:30 a.m.

"On this leisurely bike tour, we'll make a few stops at bakeries and cafes to pick up supplies for a break at Astoria Park," read a notice on the group's Facebook page. "We'll bike and eat delicious food in Astoria, Ditmars and East Elmhurst, back in Jackson Heights at around 1pm."

While the exact route is still being worked out, the ride will include a picnic at Astoria Park.

The Queens Bike Initiative has already received more than 1,200 signatures on its petition to build a loop of bike lanes, and the group hopes the tours can gather even more.

Register for the tour on the group's Facebook event page.