Earlier in our trip, we did a cycling tour in Copenhagen so were keen to try it again. Bike Sweden tours are included on the Stockholm Card (a great value, by the way) so we decided to do it. We met at the starting point outside the Historica Museet (a five minute walk from the Karlaplan metro station) at 3:30pm and joined the "National City Park" tour. Our fantastic and friendly guide, Elisabeth, set the ground rules right away and helped us to understand the rules of the road. Our group was about 15 people - probably the maximum number for a guide to effectively manage a tour. The tour left promptly and lasted about two hours. The pace was brisk but given that it was mostly flat, it was quite manageable. Our trip through Djurgården was wonderful and it was here that we were introduced to the Prins Eugens museet, which Elisabeth heartily recommended (we went later and loved it). Our guide stopped several times to offer commentary, often throwing in personal stories which I thought was a nice touch. Our group managed to stay together but a larger group could easily get separated. The first 30 minutes or so involve the most interaction with crossing traffic and city streets - after that it is mostly in a peaceful park setting.
Our bikes were in good condition and easy to ride. Helmets were available but getting one in perfect working order required digging through the bin. A previous reviewer mentioned an encounter with foul-mouthed young staff at the rental booth and I witnessed the same thing. It didn't bother me that much but I certainly agree it is no way to run a business. Cycling in Stockholm is just a tad less organized than it is in Copenhagen. I found that while there were cycling lanes everywhere, they weren't always physically separated from the traffic, and the painted lines and symbols on the pavement could use a refresh in many places. Other than that, I do recommend this tour. It is a very peaceful way to spend a few hours in hectic Stockholm. The regular price is 300 SEK (without Stockholm Card). The only restroom opportunities were at the start and end of the tour.
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