We are proud to continue our educational seminars for Local First members!
A list of upcoming seminars are below (subject to change). Please note these classes areopen to Local First Arizona members only and there is a non-refundable fee to attend. Cost to attend a Local First Arizona seminar is $8 (non-refundable) in advance or $10 at the door and can be purchased online.
Feel free to email [email protected] if you have any questions.
Lunch and Learn Seminar-
How to build a bike friendly business
September 17th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.at Bookmans Sports Exchange 3330 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ
After the Gem Show, Bicycle Tourism has the second biggest economic impact on Tucson by visitors. Studies estimate that close to 70 million is spent over the course of a year by bicycle tourists here in Tucson. Tucson was rated one of the Top 10 Cycling towns in the US, making it a popular spot for cycling residents as well.
At this month’s seminar, with Kylie Walzak of Living Streets Alliance, come learn about the latest research on the economic impacts of investing in bikeable, walkable communities and how small improvements can attract big sales plus loyal customers – for life.
There are many benefits for businesses that welcome bicycles and encourage bicycle use by their employees, such as:
There is a strong bike local / shop local connection. Bicyclists are more likely to visit businesses that are nearby, rather than drive long distances to a mall. Because of this they are more likely to see and try out new businesses that pop up in their area.
At over $9,000 per year – the current AAA estimated cost to own a personal vehicle – bicyclists have a lot more discretionary income to spend than their car-owning counterparts. Even car-light households see many economic benefits to using cars less frequently for small trips.
More employees and customers arriving by bike reduces the need to increase car parking for other customers.
Employees who bike to work are sick or absent from work less often, are healthier, happier and contribute to a positive work environment.
Kylie Walzak is Program Manager for Living Streets Alliance, a Tucson-based non-profit organization advocating for expanded transportation options for everyone. The mission of LSA is to promote healthy communities by empowering people to transform our streets into vibrant places for walking, bicycling, socializing, and play. Kylie is also the Event Coordinator for Cyclovia Tucson – a biannual event that opens streets to people by closing them to cars for five hours and encourages the 30,000 participants to explore neighborhoods, discover new businesses, meet their neighbors and get a little exercise.