It's an unconventional way to sample the North Fork wineries. Three companies are now running guided vineyard tours by bicycle that depart from the MattituckLong Island Rail Road station -- each includes bike/helmet rental, gourmet picnic lunches and a full itinerary of pit stops.
Vintage Bicycle Tours' "Signature Tour" is a 12-mile excursion to two vineyards that includes sampling of eight wines, extra-virgin olive oil and fine vinegars. You'll stop at farm stands, too ($119, 516-713-1039, vintagebicycletours.com). Adventure Cycles & Sports runs a six-hour tour that includes tastings, fresh fruit, cheese and dessert platers at three wineries spread over 16 miles ($160 includes bike rental, 516-755-2453, gorideabike.com).
Bike and Roll's excursion is the longest at 22 miles -- you'll visit two wineries, taste cheese at Catapano Dairy Farm and take self-guided tours at Horton Point Lighthouse and Cutchogue Village Green to view 17th century buildings ($129, 212-260-0400, bikenewyorkcity.com).. (May 19, 2012) (Credit: Photo by Randee Daddona)
Although there are many kids in my neighborhood, it seems that not one single child wears a bike helmet anymore ["Chance for children to learn bike safety," News, Aug. 14].
They used to take the helmets off as soon as they were out of their parents' sight, and carry them on the handlebars. At least the parents made an effort to keep their children safe. What happened?