Thursday, February 11, 2010

More Trail Economics

In Michigan, hunters spend $916 million. Snowmobilers have a $245 million impact. Anglers and bird watchers are estimated to inject $1.6 billion each. But no one knows how much non-motorized trails are worth.

See Mlive: State leaders miss mark by ignoring economic impact of non-motorized trail recreation

For comparison, a recent study in Wisconsin showed bicycling had a $1.5 billion economic impact plus possibly millions of dollars more in health care costs due to a healthy biking population.

See UW study: Bicycling has huge economic impact