Cycle Forward’s consulting relates to trails, tourism and placemaking, typically focusing on how communities can maximize the benefits of trails and tourism. If the opportunities you see are anything like those below, let’s talk.

Opportunities we like to address

  • Working with tourism professionals and small businesses to re-think trails and tourism
  • Shifting to a culture of hospitality that’s hell-bent on providing exceptional experiences
  • Educating local decision makers and area residents on the value of trails and tourism
  • Engaging all segments of the community to ensure that tourism endeavors are in the community’s best interest
  • Assessing how to connect “trail-to-town”

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • “Trails and Towns Together” Webinar, American Trails
  • Appalachian Trail Community Summit
  • Illinois Bike Summit
  • International Trails Symposium (2015, 2013, 2010)
    Getting ready to speak at the International Trails Symposium       (Photo by Diane Banta)
  • Miami Valley Cycling Summit (Piqua, OH)
  • Northeast Pennsylvania Trails Symposium (keynote) – presentation recording
  • Maricopa Trail + Park Foundation (Phoenix, AZ)
  • French Creek Valley Conservancy Annual Dinner (keynote)
  • Atlantic Canada Trails Destination Trails Workshop (keynote)
  • Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Planning Conference
  • West Virginia Planning Conference
  • Pennsylvania Greenways and Trails Summit
  • Mid-America Trails and Greenways Conference (2015, 2013)

Consulting Projects

Trails and Tourism Plans and Projects
Meeting Facilitation, Events, and Workshops
Writing, Research and Project Management
  • Morgantown Board of Park and Recreation rebranding and call to action
  • Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society – making the case for local parks and recreation
  • Butler Trail-to-Town Connection Project (with McCollom Development Strategies and Mackin Engineering)
  • Titusville Trail Town Project (with Mackin Engineering and McCollom Development Strategies)
  • 2013 PA River of the Year marketing campaign (for McCollom Development Strategies)
  • Creek Town Program along French Creek (community assessments, meeting facilitation, grant writing, web content)
  • Nine Mile Run Watershed Association grant writing

Interested in more info on how Cycle Forward™ can help you with our consultation services? Contact Us!



Perception is Reality. Factors to a Successful Trail Economy – by Sara Petyk and Amy Camp

How Long Does a Trail Trip Last? (and Trail Towns 101) – as featured in American Trails Magazine

A History Buff’s Guide to the Great Allegheny Passage – includes seven short-medium distance ride ideas; presentation done for client Rivers of Steel

National Trust For Historic Preservation

American Trails

Trail Town Program

Strong Towns

Civic Tourism

Communities Powered by Travel: Oakridge, OR (great video!)