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  • […] Laura and Russ, my two favourite bicycle tourists, have put together a neat video on how bicycles ca…. The same logic can certainly be applied here in Australia. Sure, this is a big, spread out country but what bicycle tourism there already is tends to be concentrated in more densely populated parts. And there are plenty of other regions that are well suited to bicycle tourism in Australia but haven’t caught on.  My mind goes to the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Yorke Peninsula here in South Australia. […]

    October 15, 2012
  • Chelsea Gale

    This is wonderful, thank you for sharing!

    October 16, 2012
  • Nate Briggs

    Exactly right.

    There are hundreds of small towns in the US – from Cumberland, MD … to Norfolk, NE … to Clinton, MO who are benefiting in ways large and small from their proximity to major trails.

    There’s is no question that bicycle tourism can rejuvenate some out-of-the-way places.

    October 16, 2012
  • Mark Junge

    Neat video. A few years ago a suggestion was made to the Lincoln Bicentennial committee co-chaired by Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary. It was to build an Abraham Lincoln National Greenway that would parallel the old Lincoln Highway––the first transcontinental auto road––through the heart of the country. Although the idea was not new it fell flat on its face. Perhaps there was fear that the project was too complicated and would involve budgetary commitments by 13 states. Possibly, too, we bicyclists have not made the case as aptly as that made in the video above. Just think of the number of town, cities counties and congressional districts that would be directly affected by a National Greenway and how many neighboring communities or districts could be tied into it. Keep on bikin’.

    October 16, 2012
  • Really fine production! I enjoyed watching it. I think you should probably hire that nice young lady doing the voice over before someone scoops her up… :)

    Looking forward to more!

    Zeke

    October 17, 2012
  • […] way a community can benefit is illustrated at this website […]

    October 17, 2012
  • Dean Ritchhart

    We in Southeast Colorado met many great bikers of all ages this summer on their various treks. In trading stories about their small towns….and ours….we find so much in common to share. Thanks guys for your feedback on how we can do a better job of hosting for the next group of bikers who choose to visit us. Come and see us again next summer while you “Pedal the Plains”.

    October 18, 2012
  • Lenore Bates

    This is a great video that we can share with small town tourism groups! Colorado has a program and available at BikeByways . org. I will check back often and add a link to this great site. It is so amazing how grassroot efforts just blow me away. Thanks so much! Also visit VoteTravel . org for more information.

    October 19, 2012
  • AdamDZ

    “Something so simple that it just makes sense”. It is.

    But, there is a problem in the US: people don’t get lots of time off. Avid cyclists are few and far apart and those who can afford longer tours timewise are even more rare so I really doubt they can make a real impact. We’re outnumbered thousands to one.

    October 22, 2012
  • Iluvbikes

    The same thing has happened in the province of Quebec. One popular route has tourists meandering from one small village to the other, each complete with it’s own artisan specialties. The province built bike lanes on the shoulders of scenic but quiet river view roads and it is packed with tourists every summer. The organization “La Route Verte” travels across Canada showing other provinces how to cash in on bicycle tourism dollars and revitalize dying small towns.

    October 29, 2012
  • I’m curious if people and businesses along some of the established ACA routes think bike tourism is a net positive to their communities? As more people take up bike touring we need to be aware that we are advocates for those who come after and behave accordingly. The latest Adventure Cycling magazine reported some hosts along the TransAm were withdrawing their support and hospitality because of the entitled attitudes of the current crop of bike tourists. And most people traveling by bike are very careful to not spend too much.

    November 08, 2012
  • I agree that the the growing popularity of cycle touring is a plus for small town businesses, and small towns are a big plus for cycle tourists. This is a reciprocal relationship, and also an inevitable one. How many times have we counted on that dot-on-the-map with a capitalized name for dinner, only to find out that the only store there (or within 30 miles) is boarded up? Lodging, too, is a necessity, especially as we “tortists” grow in numbers— because while stealth camping in a private patch of woods works just fine when no one else is doing it, it’s a real problem for both property owners and future bike tourists when the act becomes a nuisance.
    To address the needs of bike tourists, and provide a revenue stream for small towns, two separate markets will naturally develop. Thickening streams of cycle tourists (and their accompanying wallets) will not go unnoticed, especially in today’ s increasingly entrepreneurial economy. On one hand a B&B and/or restaurant appeals to weekend warriors with the money but not the time. On the other, a grocery store and a bare bones economy campground (mini camp) fulfill the needs of the more casual tourist who’s got the time but not the money.
    And the really good news is: All we have to do is take some responsibility, be polite, and make like the honeybees- travel wide and pollinate these little gardens with our appetites and contagious smiles. The infrastructure should more or less take care of itself.

    November 13, 2012
  • I emailed this question but didn’t get a response, so thought I’d try here. I am in need of creating a video for a project and love this simple format that you used here. I’ve searched high and low but am not finding anything similar. Would you share with me the resource used to create this great video? Thank you so much for all you are doing to promote cycling!

    December 18, 2012
  • Hey there Brad,
    Sorry didn’t get your email. To make the video it was a mix of Illustrator and Adobe After Effects and some sound software Audacity/Garage Band. We’re looking to do more for other organizations so email us at pathlesspedaled (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested.

    Russ

    December 18, 2012
  • […] Bicycle Tourism revitalizing small towns through bicycle tourism – creating bicycle routes through small, rural towns. […]

    April 17, 2013
  • […] networks can also benefit from bicycle-related tourism. The minds behind The Path Less Pedaled, Russ Roca and Laura Crawford, have been promoting that idea in Oregon, and I’ll confess to happily spending more than a few dollars in locally owned Door County, […]

    June 16, 2013
  • […] Now, no one is making money hand over fist and retiring in a year just yet, but cyclists are starting to discover Eastern Oregon, ride their bikes there and contribute to those local economies. Just as heartening it is to see cyclists in tiny towns like Monument, OR is to see businesses along the way (who aren’t cyclists themselves) put up a bike banner on their wall or leave a bike by their roadside sign. The Scenic Bikeway program is about bridging that urban/rural divide as much as it is an economic development tool through bicycling. The most gratifying moment for us was to run into the couple from Chicago at the town park. It was great to know that the photos and video we created made them want to take the journey out to Eastern Oregon, that they were having an amazing time and were helping some of the small rural businesses along the way. It’s those moments that give us hope that bicycles can indeed save small town America. […]

    June 24, 2013
  • […] on industry trends and news relevant to this emergent field. We are hoping that as people see the work we are doing the idea will catch on!) The announcement of the new camo Cogburn fat bike has been making the […]

    August 11, 2013
  • […] lot.  We need to eat more often and we will find lodging every night.  That comes to 4 times the economic impact across the same distance travelled when compared to motorists, or other modes of transport like buses or trains.  Bike tourists are more likely to stop at a […]

    November 05, 2013

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