Bicycle tourism is something we at Cycle Massachusetts believe in. It is fun and it helps the economies of the more rural parts of the state. We believe in it enough that we have put together a set of goals that we need to work toward if we are to realize these benefits.
We are currently developing a framework that will help people not familiar with our state find ways to spend time enjoying all of our cycling beauty.
We want to help and have goals for
- Day trippers
- Self-contained touring people
- Self-guided riders who require that their luggage be transported
- Off-road enthusiasts of all kinds
Our vision is to
- Develop ways to draw visitors to different regions in the state
- Provide them with the information and tools required to
- Answer all their travel planning questions, and
- Easily make all necessary arrangements.
The things we believe need to be done and made available for a would-be traveler are:
- Name groups of connected routes and trails (e.g. Johnny Appleseed, Revolutionary Trails, etc.) to designate an area by interest/activity rather than expecting people to know the names of towns where they would enjoy riding (Are you attracted to names like Belchertown and Ware?).
- Support cycling destinations and routes with:
- Maps and signage
- Transportation from metropolitan areas to destinations
- Places to stay to where the owners support cyclists
- Places to eat or self-cater
- Non-cycling activities along the way or as an alternative to cycling on a given day
- Bicycle rentals and repairs, including delivery and mobile support
- Luggage transport
- Determining the best way to get the word out. What functionality would a website have?