Bicyclists Bring Business

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!


Two events were held in Oneida:

  • Bicyclists Bring Business Round Table - Held October 9, 2013. Watch the complete video of the workshop.
  • 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.

Bicyclists Bring Business Workshop Final Report cover