A while back, I saw a piece on the local TV about a new bike trail that went through a small town just north of Des Moines. The piece mentioned that the trail was very popular and a lot of cyclists were hanging around town.
The big news was that local businesses had seen increases in revenue that were substantial. Everyone in the town was now welcoming this new bicycle traffic.
This got me thinking about all the businesses in town who served the cycling community. It might be a bar/restaurant close to a trail (as in the photo). In fact, bars, coffee shops and restaurants seem to feel the effect first. But I'm guessing other businesses are affected too. Bed and Breakfasts, hotels, theaters...
A business that relies on bicycle infrastructure is probably going to have more reliable business than a business that relies on car traffic. Cars can move around so quickly that a business would be steaming one day and -- when a new mall opened -- near bankruptcy the next.
Do you see any businesses capitalizing on bicycle business in your town? Anything special about the relationship?
Above is a Des Moines bar that normally has a huge number of bicycles. The racks weren't put there for show. They are normally at capacity. (I shot this at 12 noon...)