On August 14th, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) released a new report, "Community and Economic Benefits of Bicycling in Michigan." This report is Phase I of a two-phase project that explains the economic benefit bicycling has on Michigan's local and statewide economies.
The new report finds that bicycling provides an estimated $668 million per year in economic benefit to Michigan's economy, including employment, retail revenue, tourism expenditure, and increased health and productivity.
Using both quantitative and qualitative data, the report takes a unique approach to illustrate both the economic benefits of bicycling on a statewide basis, as well as broader benefits bicycling can have on communities.
As part of Phase I of the study, five case study communities were identified across the state in an effort to measure the annual impact bicycling can have on a local economy. All of the case studies were within the limits of these cities and did not include the broader metro areas:
- Traverse City: $5.5 million
- Holland: $6.4 million
- Detroit (southwest Detroit and the Conner Creek Greenway area): $20.7 million
- Ann Arbor: $25.4 million
- Grand Rapids: $39.1 million
Phase II of this project is under way and will include more specific data on the economic impact of bicycling "events," bicycle touring, and Michigan as a bicycle destination. That phase is scheduled to be complete in 2015.
- Bicycling provides an estimated $668 million per year in economic benefit to Michigan's economy.
- Statewide, 39 percent of households reported using a bicycle for transportation last year.
- Nearly 800 people are employed by bicycle-related industry in Michigan.
The report and user friendly infographics are online at