By: April Economides  |  transportationissuesdaily.com

Americans are starting to realize the strong connection between bicycling and shopping local. When we hop on a bike instead of in a car, we tend to stay closer to home and support small businesses. We also notice more businesses since we’re traveling at human-scale speed. In addition to supporting our local economy, bicycling tends to bring less stress, more joy, and increased health.

These are a few of the reasons behind the new development of bicycle-friendly business districts (BFBDs) – districts where merchants actively encourage people to bike to area shops and restaurants, and where merchants and employees ride, too. BFBDs integrate bikes into a district’s operations, events and promotions {…}