Study: Cyclists roll $88 million into Arizona's economy - Tucson News Now

Study: Cyclists roll $88 million into Arizona's economy

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Out-of-state bicyclists have an $88 million effect on Arizona every year, according to a new study from the state Department of Transportation.  ADOT says it's the first one of its kind.

ADOT's study also found that approximately 39,000 in-state and 14,000 out-of-state participants are involved in as many as 250 bicycling events held throughout the state, each year.  Those include El Tour de Tucson, and out-of-state tour companies that come to Arizona regularly to host bike tours.  Professional racing companies also come here to train their teams.

The study finds out-of-state bicycle participants bring in more than $30 million in tourism and more than $57 million in retail sales and manufacturing annually, adding up to a total of more than $88 million in economic effects for Arizona.  This has helped create a total of 721 jobs throughout our state.   

The entire final report titled "An Economic Impact Study of Bicycling in Arizona" can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/m7tt8va.

The executive summary can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/m6ohmyc.

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