We had a ride years ago and used several similar places. After the weekend we had a crew that cleaned all the garbage and bathrooms. Before the ride we cleaned the bathrooms and did any minor painting or work around the place.
If someone has skill to do a simple job it goes a long way to promote good will. Always tell the staff, "thank you for coming in today, you are needed."
Dud that would be an awesome way to promote a cycling club. Help small business you stop at during your rides. You must give to receive and that builds trust. Trust builds bonds of friendship and that leads to having tolerance.
Wow - that is a revolutionary idea. I almost always buy something. If it's a independent store, I definitely buy something, be polite even if the sales clerk is scowling, and take my sweaty/smelly body outside away from the other customers as quickly as possible. But saying "we appreciate the fact you run a convenience store on a rural highway miles from town" by doing something tangible would go a very long way toward showing a sole proprietorship how much we appreciate their business.
Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world. It really is that simple.
Mini marts! Good idea. We have a lot or rural gas stations/minimarts along the bike trail. Some in this area don't like the cyclists because they use the bathroom and don't buy anything. They are on septic or holding tanks.
How about getting a club of volunteer day to clean up the parking lot, paint a bathroom, something to let them know cyclists are not just going to pee and run.
A member of our bike club suggested that we "nudge" our local businesses to join in with this network to see if our collective word of mouth can open some entrepreneurial eyes to the "benefits" of catering to cyclists! You might want to try this in YOUR community:
"Bicycle Benefits is a progressive bicycling program designed to reward individuals and businesses for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of pedaling energy in order to create a more sustainable community. The program's continual growth decreases parking demand, increases helmet use, and improves cyclists' safety and health by putting more people on bikes. This site has all of our Bicycle Benefit Business Members that can be found by clicking the links to the left (including their discounts/rewards, addresses, and maps to get there). Get your helmet sticker at any of the participating Bicycle Benefits Business Member locations or become a participating Business Member today and start experiencing Bicycle Benefits!"
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