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Economic Impact of Bicycling in Texas
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    Bicycling is an economic driver that can generate billions of dollars in retail spending and support millions of jobs nationwide each year (1). The economic impact of bicycling is a widely studied topic of interest to several state transportation agencies. More than ten states have conducted studies on the economic impact of bicycling in their state in the last five years, each finding considerable positive impacts in several key areas. These analyses help inform policymakers and stakeholders of the economic impacts investment in bicycle infrastructure and bicycling programs have on the state. Additionally, bicycling is an affordable form of transportation and a recreational activity with virtually no environmental impacts, consuming much less non-renewable resources than any motorized form of transportation (2). Moreover, bicycling has been shown to have substantial direct health benefits by reducing mortality and cardiovascular risks in adults, as well as indirect benefits to overall public health by reducing the need for automobiles. The purpose of this report is to identify and estimate the different types of expenditures related to bicycling and to estimate their economic impacts within the State of Texas at both the statewide and local levels. Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) researchers developed broad statewide estimates of the economic impacts of the bicycling industry in terms of employment, value-added, and total output. In addition, this report estimates the impact of transportation cost savings realized through cycling. TTI researchers also examine these impacts at the local-level via three case studies.
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