New study shows cycling gives Iowa’s economy $364.8 million boost

Lance Armstrong speaking in Coralville during RAGBRAI. Photo by YesItsMeDoug, Flickr

A new study from the University of Northern Iowa’s Sustainable Tourism and Environment Program estimates that the annual economic benefit of cycling in Iowa is $364.8 million. The study also estimates cycling saves our state $73.9 million in health care costs.

This concrete information is important as communities try and get funding for new trails. The study also noted that 66 percent of cyclists would ride more if they had access to better facilities.

RAGBRAI alone contributes almost $17 million to Iowa’s economy.

Click here for the full study.

Click here for a report on RAGRAI’s economic impact.

Read the Des Moines Register’s full article on the study here.

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