Velo View Bike Tours founder Shannon Burke with his wife Celeste Cyr.

Tell us a little about why you’re a bicycle-supporting business and a little about your business, in general.
As a bike tour business, we are clearly all about cycling! We provide all-inclusive, fully-supported bike vacations in some of the most scenic places in the country. By taking care of all of the logistics, we allow our guests to simply focus on riding their bikes and enjoying the experience of being in a beautiful setting. More than simply taking people on a tour though, we’re offering our guests a different way of seeing things. When you get out of your car and slow down, you connect with people and places in a different way. Sharing that perspective is what Velo View Bike Tours is all about.

 

Why did you decide to become a Bike Austin small business member?
We’re city cyclists as well as bike tour guides, and we benefit from and enjoy improved cycling infrastructure as much as anyone else. Partnering with Bike Austin is a great way to support the continued development of Austin as a bike-friendly city.

What benefits or positive outcomes do you hope to enjoy as a Bike Austin small business member?
In addition to benefiting from the work that Bike Austin does in promoting safe cycling in Austin, we hope that being a small business member will help spread the word about the type of services we have to offer to the local cycling community, not only with our bike vacations but also with our hill country day trips.

Dan & Dani Pedroza run all of the bike tours in Texas (like this one in Fredericksburg) as well as the Hill Country Day Trips

Why do you think Bike Austin is important to the Austin cycling community?
Having a strong single voice representing the needs and desires of the entire cycling community carries more weight with the City than haphazard advocacy. While we all want to speak up for cycling in Austin, not everyone has the time and energy to put in the effort. Bike Austin does that for us, and we are very fortunate to have an organization like Bike Austin advocating for the cycling community.

Why/how do you think donations are important to Bike Austin’s Advocacy Fund and education programs?
Of course, having an advocacy organization devoted full-time to representing the cycling community is not free. While volunteers certainly play a part in the operation, there’s also full-time staff to support, plus educational materials and other expenses needed to make Austin as safe and welcoming as possible for cyclists. Memberships and donations are needed to keep it up and running.

Anything personalized or fun about your experience as cyclists/small business owners and why Bike Austin has made this more possible, empowering, safe, groovy, etc.
It’s a common refrain in Austin that the central city looks different every day, with old buildings going down and new buildings going up. That can also be said about the cycling infrastructure. It’s so much fun to see new bike lanes and new signs going up and to discover improvements on routes that we’ve been riding for years. Having been in Austin for 25 years, it is amazing to see how the cycling community has grown and how Austin continues to accommodate cyclists, which is due in large part to the hard work of Bike Austin. Thank you!