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Jun
2021
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30 Fayetteville businesses receive bicycle friendly awards

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The League of American Bicyclists has honored 30 Fayetteville businesses for their efforts to encourage a more welcoming atmosphere for employees and customers who ride bicycles.

The count puts Fayetteville at No. 6 nationally for total Bicycle Friendly Businesses.

Though the program, businesses are recognized at the bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels.

League of American Bicyclists

As part of the league’s Spring 2021 list, the City of Fayetteville received a silver designation, up from its previous level of bronze. The city’s Sustainability Department offices were awarded a separate platinum designation, which is the highest level of recognition in the program.

“As one of the largest employers in our community, it is extremely important that the City of Fayetteville encourages our employees to use sustainable healthy transportation, such as bicycling,” said Dane Eifling, the city’s mobility coordinator. “More people bicycling to work means fewer cars on the roads and a healthier work force to serve our city.”

The league currently lists 1,425 Bicycle Friendly Businesses nationwide, including government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, bike shops and other employers.

A list of Fayetteville businesses that received the designation this year is included below.

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Fayetteville Bicycle-Friendly Businesses

Platinum

City of Fayetteville Sustainability Department Offices

Gold

Crown Barbershop
Entegrity
Garver Engineers

Silver

City of Fayetteville
Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
Fayetteville Public Library
Field Agent
Graduate Fayetteville
Pack Rat Outdoor Center
Specialized Real Estate Group

Bronze

Adventure Subaru
Bio-Tech Pharmacal, Inc.
Clinton House Museum
Dirty Apron BakeHouse
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Experience Fayetteville
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Fossil Cove Brewing Co.
FTN Associates
Hampton Inn and Suites
Highroller Cyclery
Maurice Jennings + Walter Jennings Architects
Modus Studio
Mount Sequoyah Center, Inc.
Ozark Natural Foods
Prime Real Estate & Development
Puritan Coffee and Beer
Staybridge Suites
Veo

Apr
2020
18

Largo bicycle shop sees businesses booming amid pandemic

LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – Dan Block has been getting quite the workout lately. Block owns the D & S Bicycle shop on Walsingham Road in Largo and the coronavirus has him working overtime.

“It’s been crazy. Everybody that got their bikes that they’ve had them,” said Block, who fixes those bikes regularly. “Or they buy them at Walmart and they want them assembled, and hey, I’ll do that.”

Dan Block has owned a bike shop in Pinellas County for 42-years and remembers the last time there was a boom in business like this one.

Block explains with the gyms and beaches closed, there are few places to go work out and now many choose to take a bike ride.

Block specializes in bike rentals and sells a few used bikes on the side, but lately, he can’t keep any used inventory in stock.

“I’m limited choices right now,” said Block. “I don’t sell my rental fleet because that’s counterproductive.”

A viewer sent in a picture from a local big box store where the bicycle shelves were nearly empty.

Mary Lou Heym just bought her new bike. She winters in Pinellas County and spends the summers up north. She too is struggling with finding ways to occupy the time.

“Well I think everybody has the same idea,” said Heym. “You can’t sit inside and watch the news all day. That would make you crazy.”

Block says he appreciates the business, but after several weeks of working 80-hour weeks, he would like a break reminiscing on the last time there was a surge like this, but he was a bit younger then.

“When they first opened the Pinellas Trail,” said Block. “Everybody and their brother was getting out their bikes that they hadn’t ridden in years.”

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Apr
2020
8

12 Transportation Businesses You Can Start Now


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In Start Your Own Transportation Service, the Staff of Entrepreneur Media explains how you can launch a profitable transportation service, whether you want to start a long-haul operation or an in-town service. In this edited excerpt, the authors briefly discuss 12 ways you can get started in the transportation industry.

The following represent many of the possible types of transportation businesses you could decide to start. It all depends on what your personal interest is and what skills you want to employ in your business.

1. Taxi service

Despite its initial controversy and claims of unfair competition, Uber has staked its claim across the world — in fact, in 400 cities and 65 countries. Uber’s attraction as a small-business opportunity is that you’re an independent contractor and on your own schedule. To sign up as a driver, start by going to Uber’s website, and click on the “Become a Driver” button. A short questionnaire initiates the process.

As a driver, you use your own vehicle, so startup costs are relatively low. Uber handles all the financial aspects of the ride. Payment to the driver is on a weekly basis. As independent contractors, drivers take on overhead costs (gas, maintenance, insurance, etc.) themselves. Financial analytics website SherpaShare says Uber drivers everywhere (except New York City where rates are highest) make in the range of $8.80 to $11 per hour gross before Uber’s percentage is taken.

2. Bicycle rental

Renting bicycles is a thriving business in certain areas. The two key environments where renting bikes is a natural are in recreational tourism areas and cities. In tourism areas, you might look to set up near a large hotel or resort where extended vacations stays create ready customers. In this type of business, you’re going to need a storefront as well as a space to store all your rental bikes.

Another possibility for bicycle rentals is a bicycle-sharing approach like Hubway in Boston. Bicycle stands around the city allow riders to rent a bicycle in one place, ride to their location, and drop the bicycle at a stand near their destination. Hubway offers annual or monthly membership or daily passes. Perhaps your town is ready for a mini version of this business.

3. Limousine service

You could provide limo service to celebrities or to regular people. We’ll focus here on the “regular people” limo service.

Whenever anyone is entrusting you to drive them, a clean reputation is important. But in the case of the personal limo service, typically you’ll be driving a group of people who aren’t paying attention to where you’re going or how you’re driving but are enjoying the ride. The driver needs to be supremely trustworthy, and the vehicle needs to be safe and well -maintained.

You can operate the limo yourself, and your fleet of one limousine will be relatively easy to maintain. You can provide all the service yourself, from scheduling to driving. If you want to expand, just add vehicles