• Great article. All these points are relevant wherever in the world you live. The UK charity Sustrans are building a National Cycle Network here and it’s clear to see the positive impact on local and rural communities where traffic free trails are in place.
    As an advocate of both cycling and those who suffer poor mental health, I have first hand experience of just how much difference good trails can make to somebody’s lifestyle.
    Similarly, the small rural town where I live gains a great deal from the long distance trail that passes through it.
    Thanks for all your hard work and commitment to bicycle advocacy, it has an impact much further from hoe than you might imagine.
    Happy travelling

    Graeme Willgress, Riding2Recovery

    March 14, 2013
  • Jenny Lo

    Excellent idea. I understand Taiwan has been promoting bicycling tourism domestically for years although am unclear about it targeting foreign travelers.

    March 14, 2013
  • Jonathan Tunnell

    Nice article. The Central Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand is a major sucess story, now the government has funded numerous other trail developments. Check out this link

    March 14, 2013
  • Great article!

    I used to run a hostel in central Canada, whereby we knew that catering to cyclists both within the city and from cycle tourists. We found that our efforts were appreciated by the local scene as mush as the touring cyclists from abroad. Some of what we did was, setting up bike racks inside our lobby area to help protect bikes from weather, thieves…a long night in our bar.

    Also, we provided a bike stand and created partnerships with local bike co-ops and our LBS. The city provided maps and we were able to distribute these for free for our guests as well. The majority of staff rode bikes to work so, it wasn’t a hard sell and they as well were able to lock their bikes inside.

    Richard – Prairiemango

    March 15, 2013
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  • I love this post. Yes, bicycle tourism and commuting is so important. There are probably more reasons than the one’s listed! I am biking across America with my doggy, Fiji, in April. And I doubt I’ll ever be able to sit in a car again.

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  • Clarence Johnson

    Great celebration of opening of the final link of the GAP in the Pittsburgh, Pa area yesterday, June 15,2013.

    June 16, 2013
  • Clarence Johnson

    Hi Jasmine,
    Met you in West Newton, Pa. at the RTC hq. Hope you found accomodations that night. Love your story.

    June 16, 2013

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