Bike-Friendly Lodging System Comparison

Mary Shaw, August 2015

We’ve cycle toured in several areas that have networks of bike-friendly lodging.  The benefit it brings to bicyclists is that we’re sure we’ll be welcome and we’ll have safe storage, tools, and other support.  The benefit to the proprietors is visibility to cycle tourists.

A description of several existing Bed and Bike sites Bike-friendly-compare<

Comparison of B&Bs, Hotels, etc.  All features are required

Feature

Bienvenue cyclistes

Bett + Bike

Accueil Vélo

Flanders Bed & Bike

Fietsers Welkom!

Welcome Bicyclists NY

Bike storage

Covered, locked bike storage at night

Bicycles are securely stored

Safe, secure bike storage

Secured bike shed

Safe bike parking

Covered, locked storage

Bike cleaning

 

 

Hose, buckets, etc

 

 

 

Tools

Pump and tools for minor repairs

Tools available for simple repairs;
nearby shop can help with major repairs

Basic repair kit and tools

Bicycle repair kit

Pump, tire repair, first-aid  kit

Pump and tools for minor repairs

Food

If restaurant service, cyclist
nutrition supported, generous portions of fruits, vegs, carbs

In the morning a hearty breakfast will
be waiting

Breakfasts geared for cyclists

 

Fill up water bottle

Breakfast with cyclist nutrition, generous
potions of fruits, vegs, carbs

Information

Information about local bike shops,
tourist offices

Information about regional bike trails
and bus/train schedules

Advice on local bike routes. Weather
information

Cycle maps

Cycle maps

Information about local bike services

One night?

 

OK to stay only one night

 

 

One night ok

 

Drying room, laundry

 

It is possible to dry wet clothing and
gear

Laundry facilities & clothes
drying area

 

Muddy bikers welcome

 

Luggage transfer

 

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Provide or arrange luggage transfer

 

 

 

Bike rental

Information about bike rental

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Bike rental on site or via local partner

Bicycle hire

 

 

Additional services

 

At least two of:

– Public transport info

– Shuttle service

– Bikes for rent

– Bike day trips

– Luggage transfer along route

– Overnight reservation

– Replacement parts

– Information re next lodging on route

– Packed lunch

– Guestbook for cyclists

 

 

Charge electric bikes

No smoking rooms

Comparison of campsites. All features are required

The certification is awarded to businesses/organizations, so
evidently water, shower, rest rooms are simply assumed.

Feature

Bienvenue cyclistes

Bett + Bike

Others (camping not listed
separately)

Availability

Camping space without reservation if
traveling only by bike

Separate tent site not accessible by
car for bicyclists. No additional fees for bicycles

 

Campsite

 

Flat grass lawn to pitch tent; not
gravel, pebbles, or compacted soil

 

Bike Storage

 

Bike racks at tent site or within
sight

 

Food

Sheltered location to eat in bad
weather

 

 

Drying area

 

It is possible to dry wet clothing and
gear

 

Tools

Pump and tools for minor repairs

Tools are available for simple
repairs; nearby shop can help with major repairs

 

Information

Information about local bike shops,
bike rental, tourist offices

Information about regional bike trails
and bus/train schedules is available

 

Additional services

 

At least two of:

– Roofed storage or secured room

– Table and seats at tent site

– Place for guests to cook; supplies
for sale

– Routes to tent area are well lit

– Information about other
bike-friendly camping in the region

– Rental tents/campers/etc

– Bikes for rent