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The Bicycling Economy and other new realities

Cities, States Recognizing Bicycling’s Big Economic Potential

Huffington Post, 11/30/15
Tourism officials and cycling advocates sometimes refer to tourists on bicycles as “wallets on wheels.” That’s because they stay longer in a state and spend more per day than other tourists. Oregon, for example, has found that bicycle tourism contributes $400 million a year to its economy—roughly $1.1 million a day. It was the first state to create a Bike Friendly Business Program that helps businesses market to bicycle tourists.

City Council considering bicycle-safety task force

AM New York, 12/1/15
The City Council is considering the creation of a bicycle-safety task force, which would tackle issues that include cyclist-pedestrian crashes, electric motors and bicycle lanes. Legislation would require at least ten public hearings on bike safety issues around the city over two years, and include every borough.

Helsinki’s bicycle highway and other great innovations to build healthier cities

Vox, 12/2/15
Snaking through the city core, the Baana — or “fast lane” — is a converted railway track. On foot or bicycle, I could safely and easily access many key points in Helsinki without breathing in exhaust from cars or worrying about getting crushed under a truck. And if I so desired, I could even stop for a basketball or table tennis game at designated outdoor courts along the way.

Grants for Bicycle Transportation

CBS 2 Iowa, 12/5/15
Central Iowa is making a push for bicycle transportation, using a new round of grant dollars. New plans include bicycle parking spaces and lanes in central Iowa communities.

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