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Businesses around the world are realising the benefits of attracting bike-using customers.

Read how ‘Bike Friendly Business’ programs work overseas.

Programs like ‘Bikes Welcome’ are not a new idea, they’ve been working overseas for years and businesses are reeling in the benefits.


Examples of Bike Friendly Business Programs:

Oregon’s Bike Friendly Business Program

Oregon’s Bike Friendly Business Program recognises that Bicycle-travelers in Oregon spend USD$400 million annually – approximately USD$1.1 million per day! Travel Oregon’s statewide Bike Friendly Business program is the first of its kind in the USA, and is geared to help Oregon tourism-related businesses reach out to this quickly-growing segment of their tourism economy. Oregon tourism-related businesses are eligible to participate in this free program. Travel Oregon will officially recognize businesses Bike Friendly that demonstrate a commitment to serving visitors who ride bikes and who provide specific amenities they may need. Participating businesses receive special recognition and marketing exposure through Travel Oregon’s advertising network. Learn more on their website.

How businesses become Recognized Bike Friendly by Travel Oregon – In order to participate in Travel Oregon’s statewide Bike Friendly Business program, businesses must follow the four simple steps to get recognised. Once they are recognised, businesses purchase their Bike Friendly sign and showcase it proudly at their place business – allowing visitors who ride to locate your Bike Friendly business while out on their adventure. Learn more on their website.


An example of Oregon’s Bike Friendly Business signage. Businesses choose the icons they wish to be included on their sign.

Winnipeg’s Bike Friendly Business Network

A bike friendly business is one that openly supports and promotes cycling by offering services to cyclists. In Winnipeg, the goal of the program is to promote cycling as a healthy, responsible mode of transportation and raise the image of the Downtown and Exchange Districts as inviting and bike-friendly destinations, all the while supporting businesses in the area with new patronage and increased customer loyalty. Find out more here.

Bike Friendly Business Winnipeg

Columbus Public Health Bike Friendly Business Program

Columbus Public Health promote active commuting, which means encouraging more employees to bike or walk when commuting to work, going to lunch, and traveling to meetings. With assistance from Columbus Public Health, businesses can become more bicycle friendly, and even receive national “Bike Friendly Business” recognition.  Find out more here.


Columbus Public Health Bike Friendly Business Benefits

New York’s Transportation Alternative

New York’s Transportation Alternative’s Bike Friendly Business program highlights New York City’s most bicycle-friendly businesses.  Bike Friendly Businesses are helping to encourage New York City’s fastest growing form of transportation: bicycling. Why? Local business owners know that bicycling supports a thriving network of small businesses on a neighbourhood scale. Traffic calmed streets that prioritise walking and biking and include public plazas have proven to boost local retail sales by 10-25 percent. Bicycling is more than just an enjoyable transportation choice—it’s good for business! https://www.transalt.org/issues/bike/business


Rochester’s Bicycle Friendly Business

Rochester’s Bicycle Friendly Business District program seeks to:

  • Enhance the “bike local” and “shop local” connection

  • Promote district business development, community building, and physical activity

  • Increase parking availability for visitors and residents who cannot ride a bicycle

  • Complement complete streets objectives, traffic calming, and neighbourhood development in Rochester

  • Determine program structure and elements for broader citywide program

  • Improve a business district’s bicycle friendliness through bicycle infrastructure and local business promotions to bicyclists

  • Encourage and promote local trips by bicycle, especially for shopping, dining, and recreation

  • The benefits they offer to businesses can be seen at: http://www.webikerochester.com/bfb


Long Beach’s ‘Bicycle Friendly Saturdays’


Long Beach have “Bike Friendly Saturdays” whereby Bike users get discounts and deals from participating businesses. 

San Diego’s Bike Friendly Business Districts

What is a Bike-Friendly Business District (BFBD)? A Bike-Friendly Business District (BFBD) is where a community comes together around bicycles to bike to area shops and restaurants – and where merchants and employees ride, too. BFBDs integrate bicycling into a district’s operations, events, and promotions.

Find out more by watching this video “bikes mean business”, or reading this guide.



Although not a formal program, Australian businesses benefit when they provide for bike users and get nominated as Australia’s BikeOn Magazine names the top bike friendly cafes.

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