From Ideas to Actions
After hearing a lot from Bikes Welcome, we went quiet. Where have we been and what have we been up to?
And where to next for Bikes Welcome?
Wouldn’t it be great it if were a bit easier to ask for – and get – great bike parking?
Where have we been?
Mostly swearing at the computer trying to get the new website up and running. It turned out a DIY effort was what we could afford. Blood, sweat and tears has produced our new website. The best bit: It has an on-line directory for Bikes Welcome Businesses.
Where to next?
Now it is time for me to get out from behind the computer and reacquaint myself with the rest of my life. And to get out there are invite businesses to become Bikes Welcome Businesses and help them on their journey to being more bike friendly.
But I can’t do it alone. I need your help please.
“Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive”
Whakataukī – Maori Proverb
What can you do?
1. Get some postcards and start inviting businesses to become Bikes Welcome Businesses.
2. Share the news – let your friends know about Bikes Welcome.
3. Give feedback. Let us know what works and what doesn’t, what you like and what you don’t.
4. Get involved. Find out how.
But what do I say?
Your Friendly Local:
When you are known to the business as a regular customer it is a bit easier to start the conversation. Here are some ideas of things you could mention:
- I’ve noticed a few of your customers bike here …
- I’ve noticed the bikes out front ….
- I usually come here by bike….
- It’s so cool how you support biking by xxxxx, why don’t you list your business on this website.
- One of the reasons I like coming here is xxxxx – let’s let everyone know!
- IT’S FREE and they’ll promote your business.
- It’s a way to let people know how bike friendly you are and get more customers.
- They’ll send you a sticker to display on your window/door.
A bit of encouragement
When a business doesn’t have great bike parking they might just need some encouragement. Here’s how you could approach it:
- Let them know you are a customer and you bike there. And you’ve noticed other people do to.
- Propose bike parking as an opportunity to attract more customers to bike to their business, and a way to keep their staff and customers safe.
- Let them know help is available to them.
- Finish on a positive note: how great it is to see how many customers ride bikes and how much they’ll love having someplace safe to park their bikes.