Swiss town launches "bike hotel" certification scheme
Thursday 10 June 2010
A Swiss town has launched a “Bike Hotel” certification scheme to cater for cycling-mad tourists visiting the region.
This summer, visitors to the town of Gstaad in Switzerland will be able to choose from a range of hotels that guarantee to take care of cyclists and their bicycles during their stay.
The hotels currently certified under the scheme guarantee to provide lockable storage, a bike repair service, tools and cleaning kits, laundry services for sweaty riders and staff members knowledgeable about the cycling routes in the region.
Bikers can also expect cycling-themed hotel packages including additional services such as special packed lunches, ‘après-bike snacks’ and wellness facilities.
Ten hotels in the town are currently certified “Bike Hotels” under the scheme.
The Alpine town of Gstaad is one of the most popular ski regions in Switzerland in winter and offers stunning walking and cycling routes around its mountains, valleys and lakes in summer.
Tourist authorities say that there are some 500 kilometers of GPS tracks available to mountain bikers around the town, and around 150 kilometers of tracks that are signposted.
Cycling is proving to be a popular pastime this summer, with several hotels pushing cycling-related services or packages.
For those unable to get out of the city, a swathe of bike sharing schemes has hit global cities this year, such as those in Denver, Colorado, Valence in France, Mumbai in India and Mexico City, as well as one in London , which will launch on July 30.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Michelle Watt's father says TV presenter killed herself because she was in constant pain
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 4 North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
- 5 Greek debt crisis: The photograph that conveys the despair of Greece's elderly
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To support their continued grow...
£33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A global player and world leade...
£18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are friendly, sociable, ...
£22300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum group is looking for a Payro...