How to be Bicycle Travel Friendly

Whether you’re a business owner, advocate, community member, or agency official, you can take steps to welcome and accommodate bicycle travelers visiting your community. Check out Bicycle Tourism Resources for links to more information, guidances, and examples. 

Bicycle Travel Friendly Essentials

  1. Be welcoming to bicycle travelers and let them know that you’re bicycle-friendly.
    • Post welcome signs, bicycle decals, or put up bicycle-related art.
    • Provide hospitality training for businesses.
    • Promote the bicycle amenities & services you offer through your website, social media, etc.
  2. Provide tourism service information.
    • Maps of the town or area.
    • Nearby services, like restaurants, grocery stores, breweries, lodging and camping, bike shops and outdoor stores, post office, library, and laundromats.
    • Local tourism activities – outdoor recreation, nearby trails, attractions & events, etc.
  3. Offer bicycle-friendly amenities.
    • Check out the tips for businesses below. 
  4. Provide bicycle-friendly accommodations.
    • Check out the hospitality tips below. 
  5. Implement bicycle infrastructure and policies.
    • Pass a Complete Streets policy or ordinance.
    • Include dedicated bicycle infrastructure and routes/networks in transportation plans. 
    • Designate a U.S. Bicycle Route and/or state bicycle route through your community.
    • Ensure that road features, like rumble strips and chip seal, safely accommodate bicycle use. 
    • Apply to be a Bike Friendly Community through the League of American Bicyclists.

Tips for Businesses

In addition to the Bicycle Travel Friendly Essentials, businesses can offer these amenities for their customers that arrive by bicycle.

  • Bicycle parking that is preferably secure and protected from the weather.
    • Recommended bike parking racks.
    • Make sure the racks accommodate bicycles with loaded panniers.
  • Complimentary lock for bicyclists to borrow.
    • A coded lock is best so there’s no danger of losing keys.
  • Complimentary bicycle pump – a floor pump with a gauge is best.
  • Complimentary water for guests to fill water bottles.
  • Food fuel – offer high calorie, healthy packaged snacks for purchase.
    • Energy bars or gels, cheese/meat sticks, nut mixes, etc.

Tips for Hospitality

These tips for hospitality businesses (hotels, hostels, B&Bs, campgrounds, etc.) provide ideas of amenities and services to accommodate guests that arrive by bicycle. We encourage businesses to implement what is feasible for them. Also check out Cyclists Only Lodging for examples and recommendations. 

  • Bicycle parking that is preferably secure and protected from weather.
    • Recommended bike parking racks.
    • Make sure the racks accommodate bicycles with loaded panniers.
    • Allow visitors to bring bicycles into their rooms.
    • Or offer secure, separate space in parking garage, parking lot, or storage room.
  • Complimentary bicycle pump – a floor pump with a gauge is best.  
  • Maintenance tools and gear or a repair stand.
    • Essential tools: bike pump, bike multi-tool, tire levers, pedal wrench, others.
    • Essential supplies for sale, like tubes, spokes, chain lube, patch kits, lights, etc.
  • Bike washing station that includes hose, rags, brushes, towels.
  • Complimentary lockers can be useful for cycling guests that arrive earlier or leave later than their check in/out time and need somewhere to temporarily store their gear. 
  • Laundry machines and soap for guest use.
  • Shuttle service that can accommodate bicycles.
  • Shipping services for bicyclists to ship home things they’ve purchased but don’t want to carry.
  • Receive and store bikes for guests in a secure area.
  • Bicycle rentals for guests who don’t arrive by bicycle.
  • Courtesy phone and computer can be helpful for cyclists traveling without mobile smart devices, or as a backup if batteries are dead.
    • WIFI is also essential for many traveling cyclists.
  • Community space – bike travelers like meeting each other and sharing stories, and a common area helps facilitate that.
    • If there isn’t room inside, an outdoor fire pit can be another option.
    • Provide activities like games, ping pong table, books, etc.
  • Count bicyclist guests to know how many are visiting and using your bicycle amenities.
    • Provide a guestbook to get stories, kudos, and feedback.
  • Rent outdoor equipment – bicycle travelers might want to stay and do other activities.
    • If they’re not available elsewhere, you could rent fishing poles, stand up paddle boards, disc golf, binoculars, etc.
  • Get on the map – If your accommodations are along an Adventure Cycling route, you can request to be added to the service directory on our maps.

Tips for Campgrounds

Also check out Cyclists Only Lodging for examples and recommendations. The Bicycle Travel Best Practices for Campgrounds report provides more details about camping improvements for state and national parks.

  • Hiker/biker campsites – No reservations needed camping area for non-motorized visitors like bicyclists, hikers, kayakers, etc.
    • Group bike camping areas save space while also providing a way for bicycle travelers to be social.
    • If other sites are full, put up a sign showing that bike camping is still available. 
  • No-turn-away policy – when all of the regular sites are full and a self-contained bicycle traveler shows up, make sure there is an emergency space set aside that can be used.
  • Sheltered area for people to get out of the weather, prepare food, etc.
  • Bicycle parking that is preferably secure and protected from weather.
    • Recommended bike parking racks.
    • Make sure the racks accommodate bicycles with loaded panniers.
  • Complimentary bicycle pump – a floor pump with a gauge is best.  
  • Maintenance tools and gear or a repair stand.
    • Essential tools: bike pump, bike multi-tool, tire levers, pedal wrench, others.
  • Wildlife-proof lockers with locks to securely store food and valuables. 
  • Electrical outlets in a secure place for visitors to charge mobile devices.
    • Oregon State Parks offers solar-powered outlets inside of lockers. 
  • Showers or information about where community showers are available.
  • Reasonable pricing - charge a fee consistent with amenities provided. Or if you’re providing free community-run hospitality, cyclists are often generous with donations.
    • Typical hiker/biker campsites that offer basic amenities are $5 - $10.
  • Survey your bicycling visitors to find out what amenities are working for them and what further improvements could address their needs. 

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