The service you provide for MTB tourists can benefit other guests participating in outdoor activities.
Secure Bike Storage
When it's time for your guests to rest after a long day, they want to know that they can store their bikes safely and securely overnight.
Providing bike storage is a crucial aspect of delivering an excellent level of service and will help differentiate your business.
By designating an area for this purpose, you’ll not only be providing reassurance for mountain bikers but also potentially for guests participating in hiking, skiing, golfing, and any other outdoor activity you can think of.
How can you help?
It may seem like a large outlay to provide a specific space for bike storage if you don’t already have an area you can repurpose. And even if you do, upgrading the space to maximise safety can also seem expensive and time-consuming.
However, grant schemes are in place to help, including the ‘Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland MTB Secure Storage Grant Scheme’, which offers up to £500 for accommodation providers in Scotland.
Cafés & Restaurants: Though overnight storage won’t be required, riders will always want to ensure that their bikes are safe and secure while they relax and refuel.
Consider providing a bike rack with free locks to put their minds at ease.
Bike Storage Essentials
Though the maximum level of security is preferred, providing a secure and lockable area is a big step forward. Where possible, the storage area should:
Be secure and lockable
Provide the appropriate amount of clearance to avoid damage to bikes
Be located in a convenient, easily accessible and well-lit area
Be dry with no risk of leaks or flooding
Include free, personal bike locking
Level Up your Bike Storage!
If you want to amp up your security, you can implement a range of measures for complete peace of mind. This can include:
Lockers to store equipment
Steel reinforced doors
An alarm system
Guests could also be encouraged to sign up to the Veloeye Bike Safety Community, which allows their bikes to be tracked using a unique QR code.
Secure Bike Storage Grants
Please read the application and guidance notes relating to bike storage grants.
- apply here for the Aberdeenshire Scheme (currently closed expected to open again in Nov 23)
- Scottish Borders scheme is currently closed and is expected to open again in Nov 23
We, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, secure funding from regional economic development funds. We will be applying for more funding, if you would like to see this scheme running in your area then please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, why not take our self-assessment questionnaire to measure your preparedness for mountain bike tourists across a range of other areas?
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Catering To MTB Tourists
Providing bike washing facilities can make a real difference to the experience of your MTB guests.
With a few essentials on hand, you can help ensure your guests enjoy their ride and get home safely.
Knowledge of the local area is a highly valuable resource for mountain bike tourists.
Just as you would cater to all your guests, rest & relaxation is essentially the same for riders.
Self Assessment Tool
Our handy questionnaire allows you to quickly evaluate how you currently cater to MTB tourists, while identifying any gaps and the opportunities that may help enhance your offering.