We are proud to continue our educational seminars for Local First members! Local First AZ is excited to announce our September 17th Seminar in conjunction with Living Streets Alliance on the economic benefits of creating bicycle friendly businesses.
Because we feel that this month’s seminar is such a valuable topic in our community, we are offering this seminar free of charge. However there are limited seats available and you must register in advance to attend the seminar. This is a lunch and learn seminar, so feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch and learn some valuable ways to grow your business.
Feel free to email Erika@localfirstaz.com if you have any questions.
How To Build a Bike Friendly Business
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
at Bookmans Sports Exchange
3330 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ
Are you welcoming cyclists to your doors? Or are you sending subtle signals that show you are closed to the second biggest economic impact on Tucson tourism after the Gem Show? Studies estimate that close to 70 million is spent yearly by bicycle tourists in Tucson. Tucson was rated one of the Top 10 Cycling towns in the US, making it a popular spot for cycling residents as well. Tucson is a cycling town, and by not setting up simple things that make your business accessible, you could be letting a lot of sales, customers and future employees pedal right on by. Attendees will learn about the latest research on the economic impacts of investing in bikeable, walkable communities and how even small improvements can attract big sales plus loyal customers – for life.
Learn about benefits for businesses that welcome bicycles and encourage bicycle use by their employees, such as:
- There is a strong bike local / shop local connection. Bicyclists are more likely to visit businesses that are nearby, rather than drive long distances to a mall. Because of this they are more likely to see and try out new businesses that pop up in their area.
- At over $9,000 per year – the current AAA estimated cost to own a personal vehicle – bicyclists have a lot more discretionary income to spend than their car-owning counterparts. Even car-light households see many economic benefits to using cars less frequently for small trips.
- More employees and customers arriving by bike reduces the need to increase car parking for other customers.
- Employees who bike to work are sick or absent from work less often, are healthier, happier and contribute to a positive work environment.
This month’s seminar is taught by Kylie Walzak of Living Streets Alliance. For those of you unfamiliar with Kylie’s work, check out her recent presentation in Chattanooga, TN here.