Open for Business

In January, PTNY and the NYS Canal Corporation will introduce Bike Friendly New York, a new certification program for businesses along the Canalway Trail system and elsewhere in New York State. While many New York communities and several other states and Canadian provinces have bike-friendly programs, BFNY will be New York’s first statewide bike-friendly certification. Goals for the program include an improved level of service for cyclists on the Erie Canalway Trail and other New York routes, as well as providing another opportunity for cycling-based economic development at the local level.

To participate, businesses must demonstrate that they take steps to cater to cyclists, such as becoming knowledgeable about local trails and cycling routes, having basic repair tools available, or offering one-night reservations for cyclists passing through. Above these basic requirements, which vary slightly based on business category, participating businesses can choose from a list of additional amenities that they commit to offering to “wheeled” visitors. Assistance with bike shipping, luggage transport, or discounts for cyclists are examples, but businesses do have the option of suggesting new amenities to add to the list.

Bicylists-Bring-Business-Bistro.jpgBusinesses that meet the requirements and complete the online application will receive a decal to display at their business, as well as being listed in the Cycling the Erie Canal guidebook and on PTNY will also publicize the list of certified Bike Friendly Businesses in a spring press release.

More information, including program materials and the online application can be found at

Make cycling your business in 2017 with Bike Friendly New York!