Brompton Bicycle shows British manufacturing how to shift up a gear
Reuters – 1/26/14
Brompton’s success lies partly in its cool – the company cashed in on a trendy ‘Made in Britain’ tag, and the fact that its bikes fold up lends the label a geeky chic as well as popular practicality. But beneath the image lies a carefully-constructed business strategy that reveals not only the level of innovation required for UK manufacturing firms to succeed, but also the number of bumps in the road many of them still face.
Daily Inter Lake – 1/25/14
A new report verifies what local business owners have known for some time: The Flathead Valley is a superhighway for bicycle touring groups that bolster the local economy as they pass through. Conducted by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research and graduate students from the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation, the study found that multiday cyclists spend $75 per day and stay an average of eight or more nights as they pass through Montana.
Door County Advocate – 1/25/14
The formal presentation of the Door County Bicycle, Pedestrian and Recreational Facilities Master Plan is on the agenda of next week’s County Board meeting. The half-inch-thick document was prepared under a 2012 contract between the Door County Highway Department and the Madison-based Wisconsin Bike Federation. It contains recommendations on the locations of 350 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian paths including a series of trail loops linking points of interest from Southern Door to Washington Island.