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How Much is Bicycling Worth to the Economy? $1.5 Billion/Year in Wisconsin

We’re bicycling fans here on Ecolocalizer. Have you noticed?


Because it’s good for everything: our health, the livability of cities, the efficiency of our cities, equitable access to key needs, and the economy. Here’s more on that last part, the economy, from the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin:

Investment in a more bicycle friendly Wisconsin pays off. A 2010 study conducted at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that bicycling contributes $1.5 billion to Wisconsin’s economy every year.

What does bicycling mean for our local communities and our state? It means:

  • 13,200 bike-related jobs
  • $535 million in tourism dollars from out-of-state visitors
  • reduced health care costs
  • a better quality of life

Read the full piece here: Bicycling boosts Wisconsin’s economy by $1.5 billion annually

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3. Food Delivery by Bike for Portland’s Hungry

Photo Credit: jbdenham

Written by Zach

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009.

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  1. Biking is a wonderful way to cut emissions! I dream that our governments will see this and build infrastructures to support it. At home, to cut emissions, I have found The Organic Mechanic to have a wide variety of products for energy efficient upgrades. Their customer service is awesome, too. 🙂

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