State program encourages businesses to become more bike friendly

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More businesses in New York State are becoming bike friendly. That’s according to the program Bike Friendly New York, which certifies businesses that provide accommodations for cyclists. 

This summer, cyclists can participate in a tour to visit the Bike Friendly New York-certified businesses on the Erie Canalway Trail. The tour, organized by Parks & Trails New York and the New York State Canal Corporation, will include nearly 100 certified bike-friendly businesses. 

The certification, introduced in May of 2017, is available to a wide-range of businesses, including restaurants, retail stores, and museums. Businesses must complete an online application demonstrating that they are knowledgeable about local cycling routes and have basic bike repair tools available.

Bike Friendly New York hopes that this program will boost trail-based economic development at the local level.

“We are thrilled that Bike Friendly New York is gaining momentum, and we are excited to expand the business list along the Canalway Trail,” said Parks & Trails New York director Robin Dropkin. “This program brings economic value to trailside communities, and provides additional options for the increasing number of cyclists that use the trail.” 

Another initiative that may help the state to become more bike friendly is the construction of the Empire State Trail, a biking and walking trail that is expected to be the longest multi-use trail in the nation. The 750-mile trail is expected to be completed in 2020.

Map of bike friendly businesses

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