Like Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day, Bike to Shop is a fun and successful program that encourages people to ride bicycles for everyday transportation. Second Annual Bike to Shop Clinton/Division Street! in Portland, Oregon, will be held in July 2016.

Why Shop by Bike?

Shopping by bike is a great way for people to have fun and get a little exercise while taking care of daily or weekly errands. Unlike most work commutes, most errands are local trips of under 2 miles. That’s less than 15 minutes of bicycling for most people and only about 5 minutes more than a trip by car.

Shoppers that arrive by bike are great for local businesses. Where parking is limited, having people arrive by bike means more customers with fewer parking spaces as well as less street congestion. Customers that shop by bike are more loyal. They shop at businesses closer to home, shop more frequently and do less shopping around for the best deal. For many shoppers, pedaling to another city to save a buck isn’t worth it.

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How can you participate in Bike to Shop?

For Clinton Street Merchants: Your business can participate by providing an incentive or promotional offer to people who arrive at their shop by bicycle. Your business will be listed and mapped on this web site using Google maps so it’s zoomable, clickable to view shop and offer information, portable with smartphone. Printed “Bike to Shop” window posters can be downloaded here and here, and will be delivered by bicycle to participating merchants.

For Portland shoppers: You can participate by hopping on your bikes to do your errands in May 2015. We encourage you to visit the Bike to Shop participating merchants, as well run as any other errands. Merchants will be listed and mapped on this site using Google maps so it’s zoomable, clickable to view shop and offer information, and portable with a smartphone.

For Media: “Shopping by bike lets me make the most of my time and money by getting a little exercise while taking care of errands. Bike shoppers are great for local business: we buy from businesses that are closer to home, shop more frequently and do less traveling around for the best deal.” Get the full story, including more quotes like this, by contacting saferclinton at gmail.com

 

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None of this would be possible without the generous support of participating businesses, volunteers who care about a #SaferClinton, partnership with Division and Clinton Street Business Association, great designs by Alison & Emily, media support, and the brilliant original idea from Janet Lafleur in Silicon Valley. Thank you.

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