Bikes Welcome Local Champion
List your council
Interview your local council about their bike parking policy and processes.
Record the results in this questionnaire.
You can also ask them to complete it directly.
We will then use that information to create a page for your local area.
Local champions help make Bikes Welcome happen in their area.
Here are some tools to help you.
Joining up local businesses:
Encouraging local businesses to become Bikes Welcome Businesses is a key part of being a Bikes Welcome Champion. That is best done by visiting businesses and having a friendly conversation. Using the ‘invitation postcard’ is a good way to leave them with some information about Bikes Welcome and makes a good talking point. I can send you some printed invitations, use the button below or give me a call or email to request some. Don’t forget your postal address including postcode.
Before you approach a business you’ll need to understand how Bikes Welcome Businesses work, the optional cost to the business and what they need to qualify as a Bikes Welcome Business. You will find all that information here: Becoming a Bikes Welcome Business.
When a business wants to join, you could give them the option of creating their own listing by going to www.bikeswelcome.org/join or you could offer to create a listing for them (the assisted listing process).
A business may need help with bike parking. So familiarise yourself with your councils process for requesting bike parking and the bike parking advice on this website.
For more information on how and why to talk to businesses check out Action for Bike Users.
Request printed invitations
Be sent some postcard invitations which you can hand out.
Assisted Listing Process
The assisted listing process means you can create a listing on behalf of a business, and then help them to ‘claim’ it.
There are two steps: creating the listing and claiming the listing. You do the first and the business does the second.
Claiming the listing gives the business control over it, so they can add details, renew the listing, etc.
Google document explaining the email you send to businesses who you have created a listing for on-line.
Add it to your google drive so you can see any updates that are made to it.
Tips to be added
How to create a google map of bike parking locations
It is fairly easy to create a google map with bike parking locations. You can choose to map current bike parking locations, desired bike parking locations, planned locations or all of the above.
Ingredients: You will need either the addresses/locations of bike parking, or photos of the bike parking.
Method: It is best explained by watching this YouTube Video. It shows you how to create maps, add locations, and share your maps.
You will want to use different layers and different pin colours to signify different types of parking, whether it exists or is requested or planned.
Here is an example of a map I created for Newtown. You will see I’ve used different layers for planned vs existing bike parking, and also different markers or icons for different types of parking.
Notes on using photos:
Your photos will need to have location embedded in the photo, this is usually automatic with modern digital cameras and phones unless you’ve deliberately turned it off for privacy reasons.. If using photos they will need to be in a google photos album. This is a good way of collaborating with others: you can all snap photos and add them to a shared album. It makes your map look pretty snazzy too.
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.
Further resources (external websites)
Parkiteer – Free commuter cycle parking