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“How can my town/business attract more touring cyclists and be more bicycle friendly?” We hear questions like these all the time, and we’re here to help.
Amy Camp from Cycle Forward offers five ways to start building a “trail town” program for your community, connecting trails, trail users, and tourism for economic development and revitalization.
Adventure Cycling’s Ginny Sullivan traveled to Europe to meet with EuroVelo Coordinators and present at the EuroVelo Greenways and Cycle Tourism Conference. These are the lessons learned from the immersion in European bicycle tourism.
Wondering how to bring your bike on board Amtrak? Want to know where to find information and what to expect? This post will help.
Adventure Cycling's Ginny Sullivan participated in the Go! Montreal Festival and visited with Vélo Québec staff to learn about La Route Verte, Bienvenue cyclists!, and more.
Amtrak’s Caitlin Cooper gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to get roll-on bicycle service on the Vermonter, launching this May.
Trail Town programs use trail tourism as a strategy for economic development and revitalization, and have taken off as a model around the U.S. Here's a few examples of various programs that we can learn from.
And Amtrak's bicycle roll-on service made it easy: The sound of a train whistle takes me back to a bike tour that I recently took with my cycling significant other Randy along the rustically charming C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage on U.S. Bicycle Route 50.
Have you been dreaming of the day you could take a bike trip on the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath and use train travel to augment your trip? Now you can start planning your trip! On Monday, September 14th, Amtrak launched new roll-on bicycle service on the Capitol Limited and hosted ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the Washington DC and Chicago stations.
Standing in the early morning darkness, bikes in hand, six Amtrak passengers waited at Pittsburgh's Union Station to catch the Capitol Limited train and demo Amtrak's new—not quite yet publicly available—bicycle roll-on service. Eager cyclists, get ready to pitch your bike box!
The Missoula to Lolo Trail has been twenty years in the making, but the wait is finally coming to a close. By summer of 2016 the trail will be ready, just in time for Adventure Cycling's huge 40th Anniversary celebration in Missoula. And just in time for the touring cyclists heading through Missoula on the cross-country TransAmerica Trail and Lewis & Clark bicycle routes.
Jon Wergin quit his job, sold his car, and rode his bike across the country. A year later he is working as an intern at Adventure Cycling and earning his degree in transportation planning. Meet Jon, the newest member of our crew!
During the month of May, we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) and successes in improving bicycle travel conditions nationwide. This week we’re focusing on how bicycling benefits businesses and economies and it’s pretty clear that cyclists love beer. Just look at the number of bicycles parked in front of the local brewery and it’s easy to see how that connection is made. We also explored how the craft brewery culture seems to fit with the growing enthusiasm for bicycling. I recently traveled to Fort Collins and had the opportunity to meet two people that make their living from the bike and beer association.
During the month of May we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System and successes in improving bicycle travel conditions nationwide. This week we’re focusing on how bicycling benefits businesses and economies and as you’ll see, no matter what kind of cycling you do, the numbers speak for themselves.
We’ve seen an increasing number of communities calling us up and asking, “How can our town serve adventure cyclists? What can we do to make them feel welcome and encourage them to stay the night?” Here are 10 tips to help your community become a bicycle travel destination.
There are several hospitality programs for cycle tourists, but none exist in the U.S. Why not? Is there one that might make a good model for the U.S. Bicycle Route System? How are they administered? What do they offer? To answer these questions, I’ve compiled a few of the programs I know about:
During the month of May we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System and this week we’re focusing on accomplishments for bicycle travel and tourism in national and state parks. These top 5 success stories highlight the innovative ways that state parks are working to welcome and accommodate bicyclists.
During the month of May we are celebrating the U.S. Bicycle Route System and this week we’re focusing on accomplishments for bicycle travel and tourism in national and state parks. These top 5 success stories highlight the innovative ways that national parks are working to welcome and accommodate bicyclists.
This two-part series by Barb Chamberlain of Washington Bikes examines the economic impacts from all types of bicycle tourism in Washington State, recently measured at $3.1 billion. Learn some of the innovative ways that Washington Bikes is working to make the Evergreen State a bicycle tourism destination and attracting "wallets on wheels."
This two-part series by Barb Chamberlain of Washington Bikes examines the economic impacts from all types of bicycle tourism in Washington State, recently measured at $3.1 billion.
Whether commuting or on a bicycle trip, bringing bikes on trains is something that many cyclists dream of. As of December 13th, cyclists traveling between Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C. on the weekend MARC trains now have this option.
Whether you work to improve conditions in your local community, develop bicycle events and tour opportunities, are building trails or mountain bike parks or just like to get out and ride, the National Bicycle Tourism Conference in San Diego packs a powerful story and has valuable ideas. We’re going back to San Diego next year; I hope you can join us because we’re just getting started and have many more lessons to share.
As bicycle tourism grows in popularity around the U.S., we’re hearing from more and more communities who want to know, “How do we get there from here?” In this guest post, the Path Less Pedaled shares their knowledge of the two key components to successful bicycle tourism: Community Development and Destination Marketing.
The spring and fall are always the busiest times of the year in the bicycle advocacy world, and our travel initiatives team has hit the road to join our partners on the ground for key project meetings and celebrations. Saara and Ginny report on their recent travels and attempt to define the cryptically-named “Travel Initiatives.”
Many exciting new initiatives are brewing from Adventure Cycling's partnership with the Natchez Trace Parkway National Park to improve safety for cyclists and encourage sharing the road among all road users.
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