Cycle Tourism is Big Business
Cyclists spend 9% more than other tourists
Cycling tourism is projected to boom
Are you ready for it?
Photo: courtesy of Fáilte Ireland • Tsung Ho Lam.
Why register as a cycle-friendly business?
Westport is Ireland’s first ever cycle-friendly town and is in the perfect spot on the Wild Atlantic Way, the Western Greenway and the Eurovelo Ireland route. Ireland is the up-and-coming international cycling destination for all cyclists, from the hardcore endurance athletes to the easy cruisers and they all need a place to stay, eat and discover Ireland off the bike!
Register as a cycle-friendly business and let cyclists know they’re welcome at your business, whether you have a hotel, B&B, café, restaurant, campsite, lighthouse, yurt or anything in between.
What is a cycle-friendly business?
Cyclists don’t need much. Secure bike parking, drying facilities (if you provide accommodation) and some simple repair tools are all you need to become an official cycle-friendly business.
What’s in it for you?
Cycle tourism is worth €44 billion to the European economy each year and is set to grow as tourists look for safe, sustainable outdoor activities on their trips at home and abroad.
When you become a cycle-friendly business, you’ll join a European network of cycle tourism providers in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Spain with over 200,000 members on the lookout for brilliant cycling destinations.
How much does it cost?
Registration is free until August 2024!
The Cycle-Friendly Clew Bay initiative is fully funded by Mayo County Council, Westport Chamber of Commerce and Destination Westport until August 2024. After that, you’ll pay a small annual fee:
- Café €55
- Bar/Restaurant €95
- B&B €95
- Hostels €120
- Campsite €120
- Hotels €190
- Each registered Cycle Friendly Host will have one site visit per year to ensure all Cycle Friendly services remain available
Who are we?
Cycle-Friendly Clew Bay is run by Cycling Solutions Ireland with support from Mayo County Council, Westport Chamber of Commerce and Destination Westport. Cycling Solutions Ireland is the only Irish license-holder of the Cycle-Friendly Employer programme, an EU initiative which supports cycling as a means of sustainable and active transport.