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Keep the Customers Rolling In: Tacoma Offers Business Districts Bicycle-Friendly Grants

The City of Tacoma is empowering business districts to bring in more two-wheeled customers. To do it, they’re offering businesses grants of up to $500 to encourage and promote cycling by customers, employees and business owners within Tacoma business districts while increasing cycling visibility. 

The grant opportunity falls on the heels of a “Bicycles Mean Business” workshop that shared with Tacoma business districts the strong connection between bicycling and shopping local. Some of the bicycle-friendly business ideas shared at the event included: bicycle date night specials, shared merchant delivery bicycles, personalized safety information coasters/collateral, hotel guest bicycles or banners welcoming cyclists. 

Any business owner or member of a Tacoma business district is eligible to apply. Up to $500 will be approved per business district, there are 15 in Tacoma, and projects should have business district approval. The application and more information are available from the City’s website. The deadline to apply is April 4, 2014. 

Tacoma residents and visitors can look forward to seeing the projects unfold during the April to December 2014 implementation time frame. 

Those with questions may contact Active Transportation Coordinator Diane Wiatr at dwiatr@cityoftacoma.org. 


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