Our Concept, Our Bike Tour Team and Our Love For Brooklyn
For those who want to experience New York City through the vantage point of its most historic and eclectic neighborhoods, Get Up & Ride offers bike tours through Brooklyn.
We designed our tours to have guests feel like they’re on a bike ride with a friend because we believe that the best way to experience a city is through the eyes of a local. Our group sizes are small, no more than 8 and our licensed guides live in the neighborhoods we ride through. We focus on the sites that are off the beaten path and showcase local art, urban marketplaces, beautiful parks, great food and interesting history. Our guests ride on easy-to-handle, comfortable bikes made specifically for city riding. The beautiful seven-speed, diamond frame PUBLIC bikes were shipped from San Francisco and come standard with rear racks and baskets, so you can do a little riding and pick up some treasures from your Brooklyn experience all at the same time. All the riding on the tour is at a relaxed pace. We’re not racing, we’re sightseeing! BEST OF ALL, our guests are equipped with walkie-talkies and headsets so they stay tuned in to the tour during the entire ride!
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The Get Up and Ride Team
Felipe Lavalle is the Tour Director and Owner of Get Up and Ride. He moved to Brooklyn from Washington DC about 4 years ago and started the company after a successful stint in inside sales for an online digital printing company. On any given day you can find him exploring this great city by foot and of course bicycle, playing basketball or soccer or just hanging out with friends. A self-proclaimed foodie and traveling nerd, he loves meeting new people and spending quality time with his family. He often hosts out-of-town guests and enjoys playing the part of “tour guide”. Chances are you’ll meet Felipe on your next Get Up & Ride tour!
Catalina Lavalle is one of our expert tour guides when she’s not acting or performing in the city. Originally from the DC metro area she loves life in the Big Apple and particularly her neighborhood of Greenpoint! She’s a funny, high-energy girl who loves to travel and explore her surroundings, often behaving “like a tourist in her hometown”.
James Quinlan has been living all over Brooklyn for nearly 2 years and wouldn’t have it any other way. This Miami native thrives on culture and is always seeking out new and interesting places to check out and recommend. As a musician and composer, James knows all the best music venues and groups NYC has to offer. You can check out some of his work here: www.jamesquinlan.com. When he’s not playing music, you can find him on his Schwinn pedaling to new places around Kings County or just cooking at home.