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Tourism Center studies impact of bicycling in Minnesota


The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) recently released a study about the economic and health impacts of bicycling in Minnesota. The University of Minnesota Tourism Center contributed to this research by studying the economic impact of bicycling events in Minnesota. Here are some key findings:

  • In 2015, bicycle event visitors supported $14.3 million of economic activity, including $4.6 million in labor income and 150 jobs.
  • Bicycle event visitors spent an estimated $8.5 million while attending events.
  • The average bicycle event visitor spent $121.20 per day. (Major expenses were event registration fees, lodging and dining out.)
  • An estimated 50,212 visitors traveled for events.
  • 93.4 percent of bike tour participants dined out while attending events.

You can learn more about the study—and view facts sheets highlighting the project's major findings — at MnDOT's page, assessing the economic impact and health benefits of bicycling in Minnesota.

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