Do our communities make people want to get out and take a stroll, stopping to shop or dine? Are they safe and inviting places to explore by bicycle, as tourists increasingly do elsewhere? Or have we created places that people just want to drive through as quickly as possible?
Here's what having transportation options can do for a community:
Recreational bicycling contributed $133B to US economy in 2006, providing
sustainable growth in rural areas.
- Contributes $730 billion annually to the U.S. economy
- Supports nearly 6.5 million jobs across the U.S.
- Generates $88 billion in annual state and national tax revenue
- Provides sustainable growth in rural communities
- Generates $289 billion annually in retail sales and services across the U.S.
- Touches over 8 percent of America’s personal consumption expenditures, more than 1 in every 12 dollars circulating in the economy
Bicycling tourists are older, wealthier, and in demand, according to this Pew Charitable Trusts Report.