June 14, 2005
Bicycling's plusses in Wisconsin
There was an interesting article last month, in response to Bike to Work Week, that gives a glimpse at bicycling in Wisconsin.
the Wisconsin bicycling community is feeling pretty good these days following a report released earlier this month showing that bicycling has a total statewide economic impact of nearly $1 billion annually.
The report prepared for the Governor's Bicycling Coordinating Council notes that Wisconsin boasts 20 percent of the entire U.S. bicycle manufacturing industry, with leaders like Trek of Waterloo and Pacific Cycle of Madison. The industry here provides 3,500 jobs and $556 million to the state economy, according to the report.
The report also calculates tourism-related spending, everything from racers who rent motel rooms to the growing number of small businesses catering to aging Baby Boomers looking for active vacations. All told, bicycling has an economic impact of somewhere between $764 million and $834 million, although the authors of the report say that number is probably conservative.
Despite that it seems that Cycling interests must fight for every dollar they can get, and some projects still languish on the drawing board.
THE CAPITOL TIMES: For some, the office via two wheels works, by Mike Ivey.
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