What if more cities paid rent for community bike shops?
There's huge potential for more cities to invest in the growth of local community bike shops. But first, we need to get a better sense of what cities are already doing - and where there's room to improve.
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is teaming up with the League of American Bicyclists to find out more about how cities work with community bike shops around the U.S. and Canada.
Using feedback from this survey, we'll be better able to advise cities on how aid community bike shops and foster increased collaboration between cities and shops.
The survey results will also help improve questions about support for community bike shops in future Bicycle Friendly Community surveys. The League's Bicycle Friendly Community Program (BFC) provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling in communities and offers national recognition for cities that support bicycling. Asking about city support for community bike shops in a future survey could help encourage more cities to form beneficial partnerships with shops.
But first, we need to get a sense of how community bike shops are currently working with cities.
Could you offer input from your shop's perspective?
Thanks so much, and ride on!