This project estimated the economic impact of the bicycling industry and events in Minnesota,
infrastructure use across the state, and assessed the health effects of bicycling in the Twin
Cities metropolitan area
(TCMA). A survey of bicycling-related manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, non-profit and
advocacy groups found the industry produced a total of $779.9 million of economic activity in 2014.
Using data from multiple sources, The number of bicycle trips in Minnesota was estimated to be
between 75.2 and 96 million annually. The TCMA accounts for 69%-72% of the total number of trips
and miles traveled in Minnesota. Bicycling events, including races, non-race rides, fundraising
events, mountain bicycling events, high school races, and bicycle tours, produced a total of $14.3
million of economic activity in 2014. All six types of bicycling events mainly attract white,
non-Hispanic male participants. “Riding my bicycle” was the most frequently identified reason to
attend an event (except for fundraising event participants), and there is a variety of enjoyable
attributes that differed across event types. Overall, respondents were satisfied with the events.
Bicycle commuting prevents 12 to 61 deaths per year, saving $100 million to $500 million. Bicycle
commuting three times per week is also linked to 46% lower odds of metabolic syndrome, 32% lower
odds of obesity, and 28% lower odds of hypertension, all of which lower medical costs. Project
findings tell a compelling story for the positive effects of bicycling and provide direct evidence
that supports the efforts of promoting bicycling-related industry, infrastructure, events, and
Qian, Xinyi; Lindscheid, Neil; Turk, Brigid; Lindsey, Greg; Schoner, Jessica; Pereira, Mark; Berger, Aaron.
Assessing the Economic Impact and Health Effects of Bicycling in Minnesota.
Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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