Eh? Bikes mean business
A local coalition of bicyclists -- Duluth Bikes! -- is out to demonstrate its economic might through next Friday. Those who favor getting around on two wheels are asked to make purchases in downtown Duluth using $2 bills.
A local coalition of bicyclists - Duluth Bikes! - is out to demonstrate its economic might through next Friday. Those who favor getting around on two wheels are asked to make purchases in downtown Duluth using $2 bills.
Organizers say the idea of the “Bikes Mean Business” campaign is to show downtown merchants how much of their business comes from bicyclists and to demonstrate support for the idea of including a protected bicycle lane in the design of the soon-to-be-reconstructed Superior Street.
To take part, people can exchange their currency for $2 bills at local banks or at one of nine participating downtown businesses: Duluth Coffee Co., 7 West Taphouse, How Sweet It Is, Zeitgeist, Lake Superior Bakehouse, Vikre Distillery, Happy Space, Global Village or Ragstock.
“A number of research studies have systematically confirmed the large positive economic impact that a well-designed bike infrastructure can have on a community,” said Morris Levy, a University of Minnesota Duluth professor teaching statistics and research methods, in a written statement.
“People on bikes are more prone to stop and shop. In a Portland study, survey results found that customers arriving in cars do not necessarily spend more than bicyclists, transit users or pedestrians,” he observed.