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  • […] 5 Easy Ways to be a Bike-Friendly Business | The Path Less Pedaled. Great article on how word of mouth amongst cyclists is just good business sense. […]

    May 05, 2011
  • Hey, love your blog and now that you’re in Portland, would love to buy you a coffee! I have a friend in town who turned me on to your site who’d probably pay for it. Glad to hear you’re enjoying your PDX experience.

    May 05, 2011
  • Heather

    Your #2 is so true! In 1990, when I was 14, my dad and I rode our bikes from central Ohio to Manitoulin Island, Canada. On the second night, we stayed in a hole-in-the-wall motel that gave us trouble about keeping our bikes in the room (we ignored them). The next night, we stayed at the Best Western Wheels Resort in Chatham, Ontario. We checked in, without a reservation, hot and sweaty, and were told that of course the bikes could stay in our room and that housekeeping would bring us something to put on the floor. A housekeeper met us with some sheets as we arrived at our room, and I still remember the name of the hotel, 21 years later.

    May 05, 2011
  • Finding bike-friendly accomodation is a piece of cake for cyclists that have joined ‘Vrienden op de Fiets’. This organisation brings individuals and families together who like to host touring cyclists. They’re over 4000 but mostly in Europe, and more precisely in the Low Countries (Belgium and the Netherlands).
    In the meantime, the first families in the US and Canada have joined.
    It’s not for free, but what you pay is a fair price based on the cost of your stay including breakfast.

    May 05, 2011
  • […] What exactly does it take to be a bike-friendly business? Here are 5 steps to get you started. […]

    May 06, 2011
  • […] Read the original article here. […]

    May 06, 2011
  • These are great tips. Hospitality goes a long way, regardless of whether it’s to a pair of bicycle tourists, or a simple messenger looking for a safe place to rest their bike for 5 minutes.

    May 07, 2011
  • Bob P.

    I rolled into a hotel for a business meeting last fall, and the staff tripped over each other to offer to secure the bike. It was a great experience.

    May 07, 2011
  • Jeff Greendyk

    I can say about #5, even some bike shops could use to look at that. Blew a tire out riding around a new city, saw a bike shop asked about getting the flat fixed and the would only sell me a tube(not even the correct size for my bike), didn’t have my repair kit with me as it was all in my hotel room. They said their tech was not in the shop so they could not do it. 5.5 mile walk back to my hotel. Guess that also goes along with #1.

    May 12, 2011
  • Pablo Diaz

    Though it should be self-evident, tip #1 should be: install a bike-rack, so that cyclists have a place to lock their bikes, while spending money at your establishment.

    Overnight, I wouldn’t keep my bike locked to a rack, but, for a quick jaunt into the grocery store, cafe, etc. I’d really like to be able to lock my bike to something.

    May 12, 2011
  • […] Welcoming bicycle tourists should go beyond a friendly attitude and amenities from business owners, though those two things certainly make a big difference. […]

    June 06, 2011
  • KTB

    Great article! I’m sure a lot of businesses will find this helpful and reap the benefits!

    Way to go you 2!

    April 20, 2012
  • Robert N

    Would like to know if there is somewhere that a business can get themselves listed as a bicycle friendly business. Is there an organization that is keeping a list that would allow us cyclists to go on line and check for the area that we were in and see if there was someone that has listed some of the things that they offer for cyclists? It might be a good and worthwhile thing to do if nobody has started it.

    August 05, 2013
  • Thanks always for a great article and great ideas. I’ve been stashing floor pumps at businesses for cyclists to use and now businesses are asking for them. An idea that I got from your blog. Thank you for sharing and writing your blog. I hope to see you in Charlotte, NC sometime soon.

    April 16, 2014
  • Charlie Roop

    On my bike tours I’ve never really felt the need to lock up with a heavy duty lock except in a larger city – and I don’t even own a u-lock. I’ve never come across a motel I stayed at that would not permit me to bring my bike in. One in Cumberland Md even was so generous that they had a bike wash for guests.

    I’ve also had quite a few campgrounds with bike rates that made it difficult NOT to spend a number of days there relaxing and exploring. Especially some of the ones that really went above and beyond – one driving me in to town for groceries because it was storming by the time I got there.

    April 16, 2014
  • Bill B

    Toured across the country in 2012 from Bar Harbor, ME to Anacortes, WA. Mixed it up with camping and hotel/motel accommodations. Every hotel gave me a safe place to store my bike except for a hostel in Niagra Falls, NY.

    One of the most memorable places was in Wauconda, WA. I had just ridden over Sherman Pass from Kettle Falls into Republic to find the campgrounds and hotels all full. I pressed on over the Wauconda Pass and stopped at a closed Cafe. The owner was inside and although closed and not a camping spot let me set up my tent out back and cooked me dinner. Thanks Maddie!

    http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=1&page_id=300124&v=4A

    April 16, 2014
  • I love this blog and look forward to utilizing every single suggestion in our Bed and Breakfast. We hope it will bring in a lot of byclists to our establishment. Thank You for the tips!

    La Bella de la Riviere Bed and Breakfast
    Newaygo, Michigan
    231-652-1093

    April 16, 2014
  • Excellent write-up and I really like the anecdote in the last part! I think the attitude probably applies to both, business and bikers alike…
    In general there is probably quite a lot of generosity and hospitality out there, but all too often it might be hidden behind a fence of suspicion distraction. Still, a little honesty and kindness goes a long way indeed…

    April 18, 2014

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