Bicycle Tourism Resources to Get You Started

May 22, 2017

We covered the what, why, and who of bicycle tourism with the introduction of the first two Tourists on Two Wheels brochures, Why Bicycle Travel, and Economics of Bicycle Travel. Now we’re onto the most important part — the “how.”

A new brochure in the series, Welcoming Bicycle Travelers, introduces the basics of being bicycle travel friendly with two case studies featuring a bike friendly hostel, Spoke’n Hostel in Oregon, and a bike friendly community: Perry, Iowa. All three brochures feature amazing photos from the Path Less Pedaled, who partnered with us to develop the content.

But even better, if you’re looking for more than the basics, we offer new Building Bicycle Tourism (www.adventurecycling.org/biketourism/) web resources to take you further with the “how” of developing and promoting bicycle tourism:

  • Bicycle Tourism 101 provides the basics of bike tourism, why it’s important, the demographics of touring cyclists, and what makes a bicycle tourism destination.
  • How to be Bicycle Travel Friendly lists recommendations and tips for welcoming and accommodating visiting cyclists, specific to communities, hospitality, businesses, and campgrounds.
  • Cyclists Only Lodging is accommodations specifically for bicycle travelers, and this page highlights examples and “do’s and don’ts.” 
  • Economic Impact studies of bicycle tourism are listed on this page with highlight summaries. 
  • Bicycle Tourism Resources is a comprehensive list of links to guidance and how-to’s, examples and plans, success stories and case studies, and opportunities for getting started and connecting with professionals. 

There is a lot of momentum around the country to capitalize on the bicycle tourism boom. States, communities, businesses, hospitality, and agencies are realizing the benefits, especially economically, of destination development and marketing targeted to bicyclists. We thought it was about time there were some more comprehensive resources to help with those efforts.

Let us know what you think! You can download, print, and distribute the three brochures from the Bike Tourism Resources page. Or we’d be happy to mail you up to 10 hard copies of each if you email travel-initiatives@adventurecycling.org with your mailing address and how many you’d like.

If you could also provide quote-worthy comments below about why bicycle tourism is important to you, we may feature it in our next communications!

Brochure photos by The Path Less Pedaled | Brochure design by Casey Greene

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BUILDING THE U.S. BICYCLE ROUTE SYSTEM is posted by Ginny Sullivan and Saara Snow of the Travel Initiatives Department and focuses on news related to the emerging U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The USBRS project is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by a task force under the auspices of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Members of the task force include officials and staff from state DOTs, the Federal Highway Administration, and nonprofits like the East Coast Greenway Alliance and Mississippi River Trail, Inc.

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