City Bike Designer Linus Bike Comments on the Boost for Downtown Businesses from Memorial Day Cycling Event

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Linus Bike, a city bike designer, comments on the boost downtown businesses saw from a Memorial Day pro cycling event.

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...This kind of national exposure to cyclists from around the country is tremendous for Chattanooga because it showcases all the phenomenal things we have to offer.

On May 31, city bike designer, Linus Bike, comments on the boost downtown Chattanooga businesses saw as a result of a Memorial Day pro cycling event.

According to a Nooga.com article, some downtown businesses, “such as Blacksmith’s and Winder Binder Gallery and Bookstore,” saw an increase in sales on Memorial Day, a day they are normally closed. The stores were open for tourists and spectators of the USA Pro Cycling Championship.

George Blackwell Smith, one of the owners of Blacksmith’s, told Nooga.com, “Normally on Memorial Day, we would be closed and it would be a zero. It was not a zero. It was a great thing. It was fun. We did a lot of business. And it was enjoyable to watch these people do their thing. It was kind of inspiring."

A spokesman with the Chattanooga Police Department estimated there were about 15-20,000 spectators along the lines of the course.

Tuesday, a spokesman with the Chattanooga Police Department estimated 15,000-20,000 spectators.

The event has “resulted in more than $4 million in publicity value for other areas.”
President and CEO of the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bob Doak, said that they will survey the economic impact the event had on Hamilton County. In a prepared statement, he said, “It was definitely an exciting and high-energy weekend in Chattanooga with the USA Pro Cycling Championships. This kind of national exposure to cyclists from around the country is tremendous for Chattanooga because it showcases all the phenomenal things we have to offer."

Jason Latty, a representative from Linus Bike, a city bikes designer, believes cycling in general is a great way to boost local retail sales. “It has been proven that cyclists are much more likely to stop and shop in stores than drivers are. Cycling has physical health, environmental and now, proven economic benefits. It is great to see that those local Chattanooga businesses benefited from a cycling event!”

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for those who have a fondness for European style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.

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