Bicycle frame and component manufacturer Chris King Precision Components employs over 100 people in northwest Portland.(Photo: Chris King Precision Components) Earlier this month we learned that bicycle-related travel pumps $400 million into Oregon’s economy each year. Now Travel Oregon, the state’s tourism development and marketing organization, has embarked on the second part of that research … Read more
It’s been another big momentum-building week for bicycle tourism in Oregon. Yesterday, during a special hearing on bicycle tourism at the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee in Salem, representatives from Travel Oregon released a major new report on the economic impact of bicycle-related travel. Also yesterday, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department named two … Read more
A reader just made me aware of a recent editorial in the Portland Business Journal that deserves wider attention. Given the fact that there remain some powerful business interests who feel that Portland’s inevitable march toward better bike access on our roads is at odds with their bottom lines, the PBJ editorial board stood up … Read more
This “wish list” was created at the 2008 Oregon Bike Summit. (Note the top thing on the list!)(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) As Oregon’s bicycle tourism movement has matured over the past 4-5 years, one thing proponents have been clamoring for is a comprehensive study that measures the impact bikes have on our statewide economy. In … Read more
“Americans spend more on bicycling gear and trips ($81 billion) than they do on airplane tickets ($51 billion).”—The Outdoor Recreation Economy, 2012 The Outdoor Industry Association just released their annual report on The Outdoor Recreation Economy. The report looks at spending on gear and travel for all the major outdoor activities and also calculates the … Read more
An economic engine.(Photo © J. Maus) When you’re trying to save the world, who has time for romance novels and gossip magazines? If you’ve got some spare time over the long weekend or on your summer vacation, consider brushing up on the economic impacts of bicycling. At Metro’s Quarterly Trails Forum earlier this week, Alta … Read more
This guest post is by Michael Andersen of Portland Afoot, a new “10-minute newsmagazine” and wiki about low-car life in Portland. Photos © J. Maus) The official U.S. Census numbers for 2009 came out Tuesday, and as BikePortland reported, they held the latest evidence that the phenomenal growth of local biking has been leveling off.