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Tourism Northern Tasmania chairman James McKee and On Your Bike tours owners Alison and David Hugo are introducing tourists and locals to a different side of Launceston. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

THE launch of a new Launceston bike tour company has prompted Tourism Northern Tasmania to encourage more businesses to make use of existing infrastructure.

On Your Bike Tours was launched at Royal Park on Monday and will give people the chance to discover Launceston through a 3-hour leisurely bike ride.

Launceston husband and wife Alison and David Hugo are the brains behind the business and will run tours from Inveresk Precinct each Friday and Sunday at 10am and 1.30pm.

Tours will take in Heritage Forest, Invermay, North Bank, Seaport, Royal Park, Civic Square, Princes Square and City Park.

‘‘Along the way we will stop and I’ll be telling some stories around the history and some fascinating bits and pieces about Launceston,’’ Mrs Hugo said.

‘‘The main market is for people coming here for a weekend or weekly holiday, but if locals want to come along, it will be great because we will be able to share some stories that even locals might not know.’’

The tour, which has an age minimum of 10 years and a maximum of ten riders, will include a stop at Levee Food Co, at Seaport.

Tourism Northern Tasmania chairman James McKee said the venture was a great use of the city’s infrastructure and encouraged more businesses to come up with similar ideas.

‘‘This is the first wave of what we hope will be small businesses like this that grab the levees, grab North Bank, grab the Gorge, grab Penny Royal and actually take that infrastructure and turn it into something that people can enjoy,’’ Mr McKee said.

‘‘It’s all those little experiences that suddenly make the infrastructure worthwhile.’’

On Your Bike Tours cost $60 for adults and $50 for 10 to 18-year-olds.

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