We’re getting ready for the 2010 Florida Bike Summit in Tallahassee on April 8 and hope you can join us. This is our annual opportunity to get some face time with our representatives and remind them of the benefits of bicycling for Florida’s health, environment and tax rolls. In my opinion, Florida misses a huge opportunity to boost our state economy by not focusing more on bicycle tourism.
Did you know?
Bicycling brings more than $1 billion to the Colorado state economy. – Colorado Department of Transportation Bicycle/Pedestrian Program, 2000, Bicycling and Walking in Colorado: Economic Impact and Household Survey Results
Bicyclists in the northern Outer Banks region of North Carolina bring an estimated $60 million annually to the area’s economy, nearly nine times the one-time expenditure of $6.7 million of public funds to construct bicycle facilities in the region. 1,400 jobs are created and/or supported annually by the bicyclists’ expenditures. – North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation, 2004, The Economic Impact of Investments in Bicycle Facilities: A Case Study of the North Carolina Northern Outer Banks
The Virginia Creeper Trail generates $1.59 million in annual spending, supporting 27 new full-time jobs. – United States Department of Agriculture, 2004, in Trails and Economic Development, 2007, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
I could go on and on, thanks to our friends at Bikes Belong who keep a database on these sorts of things. I just wanted to share with you some of what I personally plan to focus on. What else do you think SFBC should be lobbying for in our State Capitol next week?