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  • Nice ranch photos! So the ranch is in Texas… I live in Austin, TX and would not consider bike touring the state- it’s just too big! I would want to go to a more densely populated area, like somewhere in the Northeast. :)

    May 26, 2011
  • Gully

    Gee Fern, just opposite my thoughts! Having cycled across N. Dakota & Montana I assure u that country and very small towns make for excellent touring venues! Urban areas just more hassles!

    May 27, 2011
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    May 27, 2011
  • Great article. Readers may be interested in the booklet “Bicyclists Bring Business,” available at http://www.ptny.org/publications/index.shtml. While focused on one particular bicycle tourism corridor in NY state, its recommendations could help any community.

    May 31, 2011
  • Andy

    I think that this is a really good though. I just got back from three days bike camping on and around the Elroy-Sparta trail in Wisconsin; for those who don’t know, the Elroy-Sparta trail was one of the first (if not the first) rail trails in the US. There are several very small towns (populations ranging from 1,300 to 4,400) along the trail that formerly depended on the railroad for their economic well-being. And that now get a large financial contribution from people biking on the trail.

    It’s not a panacea, but there are enough bikers to make a difference for otherwise marginal restaurants or hardware stores that serve bikers. And the $5 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast that the Lion’s club puts on every Sunday gets its fair share of bikers as well.

    June 04, 2011
  • [...] we used the recovery time to make some connections with folks in Oregon, and begin looking into the bike economics idea. We interviewed Rob Sadowsky of the BTA, Kristin Dahl of Travel Oregon, Tara Corbin and Jerry [...]

    August 17, 2011
  • [...] Can Bicycles Save Small-Town America? On The Path Less Pedaled [...]

    May 13, 2012
  • [...] Can Bicycles Save Small-Town America? On The Path Less Pedaled [...]

    May 23, 2012

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