The impact of outdoor recreation has been exhaustively studied. In fact, it is now a part of the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ GDP calculation. The outdoor recreation sector of the economy contributed $373.7 billion to the nation’s GDP in 2016, comprising 2% of GDP. In Ohio, according the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation is responsible for 215,000 direct jobs, $7 billion in wages and salaries, and $1.5 billion in state and local tax revenue.
Studies show that many mountain bikers are willing to travel to ride their bikes and spend money when they do. 62% of mountain bikers travel because they want to ride new trails, and 27% of trips are overnight. When trails are developed, visitation to the area increases. On average, mountain bikers spend $52 per day trip and $234 for overnight trips. Local communities capture a portion of that spending resulting in increased earnings, job opportunities, and tax revenue. That adds up!
● Multi-use: The trail system can accommodate hikers, backpackers, trail runners, and nature watchers.
● Business Recruitment: Increasingly, influential companies cite access to the outdoors when considering where to relocate or expand.
● Health and Wellness: Local communities will enjoy significantly improved access to outdoor recreation.
● Community Pride: Our hope is this trail system will be an invaluable asset that provides intangible benefits to the community.