Parks and Trails New York (NY) only selects one community in the state each year to host the annual Bicyclists Bring Business Technical Assistance Workshop, and in 2013 they selected our very own City of Oneida!
The event offered free technical assistance to help local business owners, elected officials, folks in our local tourism industry, and those in charge of local land use decisions discover what services, amenities, and street designs make a difference to bicyclists when choosing a touring destination.
This information can be used by communities to better attract and profit from the growing bicycle tourism market. After all, biking is now the third most popular vacation activity in the U.S.! Learn more in the Bicyclists Bring Business Guide!
Bicyclists Bring Business Bike-a-Round - Held October 10, 2013. Parks and Trails NY staff joined almost 20 local bikers for a bike-a-round of the City of Oneida's downtown. The bikers stopped into surrounding local businesses to discuss how shops might better attract cyclists such as from the Old Erie Canal Towpath, which sees thousands of bikers a year!
In January 2014, Parks and Trails NY released their Bicyclists Bring Business Report for Oneida (PDF) based on their finding from the two day workshop. The recommendations in this report will not only benefit Oneida but should be applicable to our many other communities as well.