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Bicyclists Bring Business

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

 Bicycling is popular.

  • Bicycling is the second most common form of outdoor recreation in the U.S., according to a study by the Outdoor Foundation, with 60 million Americans enjoying the activity.
  • More Americans bicycle than golf, ski and play tennis combined.
  • In 2008, all of these cyclists took more than 2.6 billion bike outings, averaging 62 outings per bicyclist.
  • American consumers purchase 19 million bicycles each year, 20%more than cars and trucks combined and 25 times more than boats.

Bicyclists Bring Business A Guide for Attracting Bicycle Tourists To New York’s Canal Communities

The great treat while cycling across New York was that I got a firsthand glimpse of many towns and villages which were, prior to the trip, simply a name on a Thruway exit sign. What I discovered was that there are many, many small communities along or near the

Canal which are rich in historical significance and beauty.

— Erie Canalway Trail end-to-end rider, 2009

Bicyclists represent potential customers who can bring revenue into your community.

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Development of this guide was a collaborative effort by Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Canal Corporation and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.