Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Do bikes and businesses go together? In L.A. they do!

A $72,000 investment by the L.A. County Public Healthy Department along three corridors is reaping rewards for local businesses, according to an article on Streetsblog Los Angelos, "Long Beach: Good for Bikes, Good for Business". In addition to the creation of bike infrastructure like bike lanes and bike parking, the Bike Friendly Business District (BFBD) program includes the following:
  • a cargo bike shared by businesses in the District for deliveries and errands
  • bicycle valets
  • "Bike Saturday" events that include bike repair and maintenance workshops and where local businesses provide discounts to patrons
While bike shops and related businesses are benefitting, other businesses owners believe that the bike friendly atmosphere has "opened up a new market for all of us". The success of the program is leading organizers to consider expansion to other communities.

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