See what you’ve been missing in downtown Jacksonville

Every great city has a great Downtown and Jacksonville is no exception! You now have a better way to see what you’ve been missing on the back of your own fat-tire electric bike with Jax Rides tours!

Jax Rides started because Amy and Katie Derringer took a similar tour in Texas and knew that Jacksonville deserved an equally cool experience.

Jax Rides takes its guests through historic Springfield, Downtown and the Southbank. The tour highlights interesting history, fun facts and cool local venues. The pace of the tour combined with the open view offered by riding an electric bike provides riders with a never-before-seen perspective.

Cruising through Springfield, riders check out Jacksonville’s original homes, Main Street’s latest hotspots and the neighborhood’s next big thing. Jax Rides will tell you the story of the Great Fire of 1901 and Henry Klutho’s role in rebuilding the city afterwards. On the Southbank, riders learn the real story of the Treaty Oak and take in the wonders of the once-upon-a-time largest fountain on the banks of the St. Johns River.

Lastly, Jax Rides patrons roll through historic LaVilla, one of the key contributors to the blues movement and the launchpad for Harlem (a.k.a., the LaVilla of the North.) Guests get to see the location where Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie and Billie Holiday performed and stand on the corner where Ray Charles lived. Jax Rides tour guides will tell you all about the initiatives slated for LaVilla and all the opportunities awaiting the neighborhood’s rebirth.

Jax Rides biker, Lindsay said in a recent review, “Amy was our tour guide and shared a lot of information that I didn’t know, even though I’ve lived in Jacksonville for 15 years. This was a wonderful experience and I can’t wait to take my family next time they are in town.” Tourist and staycationers alike will get something out of their time with Jax Rides.

The tours accommodate riders of all abilities, ages 16 and older. Adults can even bring older children as a passenger to make this a great option for families. Savannah said of her tour, “I had never ridden a scooter or motorcycle before, so the electric mini bikes were a little bit daunting at first, but Amy gave us plenty of time to practice and get the hang of it before we hit the road. After about 20 minutes of practicing, I felt totally safe and comfortable on Skynyrd (the name of my mini bike) and ready to conquer the urban core.” A Jax Rides tour guide ensures that each rider has the hang of fat-tire biking before heading out on the open road.

Each bike is named after a Jacksonville classic, old or new: The Ritz, LaVilla, Duuuval, Minshew, Lynyrd and Skynyrd. The bikes have between 1000 watts and 2000 watts of power and can approach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour at full throttle. Heavy-duty battery packs ensure plenty of cruising time for the two-hour long tours.

Tours cost $55 for a rider with the option to have a passenger on the same bike at no additional charge. Reservations are made at jaxrides.com and custom dates and times are available upon request. Jax Rides provides the helmet, the bike and the experience; you bring comfortable clothing, closed-toes shoes and your sense of adventure.

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