Bike Friendly New York

New York's first statewide bike-friendly certification aims to connect cyclists with businesses who cater to their needs

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About Bike Friendly New York

Launched in 2017, Bike Friendly New York (BFNY) is a bicycle friendly certification program administered by Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the New York State Canal Corporation. BFNY aims to recognize and promote businesses that provide special accommodations for bicyclists. A wide range of businesses can apply for bike-friendly certification, including restaurants and bars, lodging, shops, and museums. BFNY was conceived with businesses located along the statewide Erie Canalway Trail (ECT) in mind; however, eligible businesses across New York may apply and be certified.

Find a Certified Bike Friendly Business


Download and print a copy of our Bike Friendly New York Certified Business List brochure to take along with you on your ride.

Going the Extra Mile

What does it mean when you see the Bike Friendly New York logo outside of a business? Well, it depends on the type of business. Above all, however, bike friendly businesses value cyclists as customers. Therefore, they strive to meet the unique needs of cyclists. Beyond the basics, there is a wide range of ways that businesses can serve cyclists.

Business CategoryRequirements
Accommodations
  • Covered and secured bike storage
  • Basic bike repair tools and pump available
  • Knowledge of local cycling routes, bike shops, rentals, and tour operators
  • Two additional Bike Friendly Business amenities or services
Campgrounds
  • Reserved space for cyclists with no reservation required
  • One-night stays for cyclists
  • Nearby bike parking areas
  • Basic repair tools and pump available
  • Knowledge of local cycling routes, bike shops, rentals, and tour operators
  • Two additional Bike Friendly Business amenities or services
Food & Drink Service
  • Identified bike parking area (can be public rack)
  • Healthy, local food and/or drink options available
  • Knowledge of local cycling routes, bike shops, rentals, and tour operators
  • One additional Bicycle Friendly Business amenity or service
Bike Shops
  • Basic bicycle repair tools and pump for public use
  • Offer bicycle rental and/or bike shipping services
  • Knowledge of local cycling routes, bike shops, rentals, and tour operators
Museums, Galleries & Other
Businesses
  • Identified bike parking area (can be public rack)
  • Knowledge of local cycling routes, bike shops, rentals, and tour operators
  • One additional Bike Friendly Business amenity or service

Additional Amenities and Services

BFNY provides flexibility by requiring a few basic services be offered, and then allowing businesses to choose the ways in which they'll cater to cyclists through additional Bicycle Friendly Business amenities and services

These amenities and services may include discounts for cyclists, designated bike boxing area, assistance with bike packing and shipping, shuttle services, bicycle tools for light cleaning and basic repairs, and bike rentals or bike share.

Get Certified - Become a Bike Friendly Business

Bicyclists Bring Business

Bicycling is the second most popular outdoor activity in the U.S., and an increasing number of people are seeking out new places to ride, whether for an afternoon or a week-long vacation. Bike tourists need food and a place to stay, and they spend moneyon gas and souvenirs. They are looking to experience the places they visit, in a real way.

What is a Bike Friendly Business

Bike friendliness is not a “yes or no” quality, and the steps that businesses take to cater to cyclists vary. Above all, bike friendly businesses value cyclists as customers. Therefore, they strive to meet the unique needs of cyclists. Beyond the basics, there is a wide range of ways that businesses can serve cyclists. The BFNY program reflects this range with its flexible eligibility requirements and suggested amenities.

How to Get Certified

  1. Review program requirements
  2. Fulfill required criteria and bike friendly amenities or services for your business category
  3. Complete the online application
  4. Your application will be reviewed and you may be contacted with further questions
  5. Receive your certification packet, and put up your BFNY decal (and optional signage)

There is no cost to participate in the BFNY program. Certification is good for three years. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

All BFNY-certified businesses will receive a window decal and have the option to purchase durable exterior signage. Certified businesses will be highlighted in a number of ways, including being listed on CycletheErieCanal.com.

Find Out More

Download the Bike Friendly New York Program Guide or Bike Friendly Summary to find out more about the program.. You can also contact Parks & Trails New York with questions, (518) 434.1583 or bikefriendly@ptny.org.

Bike Friendly Publications

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