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Bicyclists Bring Business

A Guide for Attracting Bicyclists to New York’s Canal Communities

by Parks and Trails New York


Bicyclists Bring Business


Imagine… dozens of weary but happy bicyclists arriving at the edge of your community on a summer afternoon, all of them hungry and thirsty, some intending to stay the night, and most eager to explore your canal community, to experience its history and uniqueness. Imagine, too, that these self-propelled tourists later go home and tell family members, friends, co-workers, and other bicyclists about their wonderful visit.

Do you see economic opportunity here? Of course! To some degree this opportunity already has become reality along New York’s historic Canal System and especially the Erie Canalway Trail. But the potential economic benefit to your community or business from touring bicyclists can be much greater if you actively welcome this relatively new kind of visitor.

Published January 2010

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Parks & Trails New York is New York's leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving our health, economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space.

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