Hedi Bierele: Bicycle Touring as Economic Development
We’re really excited to present this video of Heidi Bierele talking about her findings on her cross-country bike tour that doubled as a master’s thesis. She explored the different types of touring cyclists, how communities can benefit from bike touring and some easy recommendations for how businesses can be bike friendly. Looking at bike touring from an economic standpoint is fairly new in the United States, so we’re glad to aide the discussion by sharing these interviews to inspire small towns and regional tourism boards to consider bike touring. In the end, by helping businesses and small towns, we ultimately help ourselves as bike tourists by creating environments that are more welcoming to cyclists.
Thanks again Hedi for riding from Eugene to Corvallis for the interview!
Jason Ferrier September 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Here’s the link to Heidi’s paper: http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/nbrn/resourcespage/BeierleBikeTourism.pdf
Guest post: Researching bike tourism’s economic impact | Taking the Lane March 30, 2012 at 11:11 am
[…] In the time since Beierle completed her thesis, she has attended the National Bike Summit (2011) and word of her work has started to spread around the bike tourism community. She caught the attention of the Adventure Cycling Association during her cross-country trip. Dedicated to bike travel, the national organization has included her work in their resources for building bike tourism and their advocacy for a United States Bicycle Route System. (You can also read about her work on their blog, and on bike touring blog The Path Less Pedaled). […]
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Great interview. Hope Hedi’s next step is to offer her report to various Chamber of Commerce, maybe do Power Point presentations at their meetings. I wish her the very best of luck. Her future success could benefit cyclist and small towns for years to come.