action for bike users
We can help you ask for – and get – great bike parking.
We make it easier for you to say ‘yes, I bike’ and have friendly conversations about bike parking.
Whether it is asking your favourite coffee shop for bike parking, or talking with council about their bike parking policies, we can help.
We want to make it easier to ask for – and get – great bike parking. And we do it by providing you with the tools, resources and support to help make it happen.
It’s about working together
You can be an ambassador for everyday biking. All you need is a smile and a few helpful tools from us.
Invite a business
Help your favourite businesses become Bikes Welcome Businesses.
Print your own
You can also download and print your own double sided A6 invitation postcards. Designed to print double-sided, 4 per A4 page.
Send an e-vite to a business
Send an email invitation.
This functionality needs to be developed.
Tips for talking to business
- Be friendly
- Ask nicely, don't demand
- Consider openings like: 'have you noticed....', 'have you considered....'
- Position yourself as a customer first, bike-user second
- 'Sell’ bike use as an opportunity to attract more customers to their business
- Be Persistent… and patient. Sometimes you'll need to ask more than once.
- Love-bombing is also an option (where you and your cycling friends all make friendly requests and suggestions, and show how much you love their business).
For more ideas like these see the blog post 'Yes! I Bike'
And find out more about becoming a Bikes Welcome Business so that you can answer any questions they may put to you!
Working with your council
When you want bike parking in a public place we can help you request it from your council.
We are talking with councils about their bike parking policies and procedures. That way we can help you successfully ask for bike parking, and ensure that quality bike parking is something they think about, plan for and do.
Tips for working with council
- Work the system – councils usually have computerised systems for receiving and monitoring requests. By getting your request into the system it will be monitored and tracked.
- Join forces with your local advocacy group.
- Celebrate success: thank & encourage council staff, think about some positive media coverage including social media.
- Be Persistent… and patient. Sometimes you’ll need to ask more than once.
- Bulk requests are an option. Work with your fellow bike-users to identify all the places around town where you’d like to see bike parking. Mark them on a map (either paper or a Google map layer) and provide it to council. This might be just what they need to justify a program for installing bike parking in your town.