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Posted: 08/20/14

MDOT report says bicycling brings benefits

Bicycling is bringing the bucks to Michigan.

      On Aug. 14, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) released a new report, "Community and Economic Benefits of Bicycling in Michigan."
       This report is Phase I of a two-phase project that explains the economic benefit bicycling has on Michigan's local and statewide economies. The report and user friendly infographics are online at,4616,7-151-9615_11223_64797_69435---,00.html.
       The new report finds that bicycling provides an estimated $668 million per year in economic benefit to Michigan's economy, including employment, retail revenue, tourism expenditure, and increased health and productivity.
       Using both quantitative and qualitative data, the report takes a unique approach to illustrate both the economic benefits of bicycling on a statewide basis, as well as broader benefits bicycling can have on communities.
       As part of Phase I of the study, five case study communities were identified across the state in an effort to measure the annual impact bicycling can have on a local economy. All of the case studies were within the limits of these cities and did not include the broader metro areas:
       - Traverse City: $5.5 million
       - Holland: $6.4 million
       - Detroit (southwest Detroit and the Conner Creek Greenway area): $20.7 million
       - Ann Arbor: $25.4 million
       - Grand Rapids: $39.1 million
       Phase II of this project is under way and will include more specific data on the economic impact of bicycling "events," bicycle touring, and Michigan as a bicycle destination. That phase is scheduled to be complete in 2015.

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