Assessing the economic impact and health benefits of bicycling in Minnesota
The 2016 20-year Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan and Statewide Bicycle System Plan identified bicycling as an integral part of Minnesota’s transportation system. MnDOT contracted with the University of Minnesota to complete a project to better understand the economic and health impacts of bicycling in Minnesota.
- Assessing the health benefits of bicycle commuting (PDF)
- Economic contribution of bicycling industry in Minnesota (PDF)
- Economic impact of bicycling events in Minnesota (PDF)
- Estimating the bicycling infrastructure/facility use in Minnesota (PDF)
Individual pieces of the study
- Collecting, reviewing and summarizing existing estimates of bicycling infrastructure use (PDF) - This paper provides a comprehensive estimate of the magnitude of bicycling in the state, including available information about bicycle use and estimates on the range of bicycle use and traffic on different types of facilities.
- Economic impact of bicycling in Minnesota: Themes from the bicycling industry (PDF) - This paper provides context about the bicycling industry by interviewing bicycle industry firm managers. Information is organized into three themes.
- Direct, indirect and induced economic effects of the bicycle industry in Minnesota (PDF) - This report describes the direct, indirect, and induced effects of bicycling and also calculates the economic contribution of the bicycle industry in the state.
- Economic contribution of bicycle event visitors in Minnesota (PDF) - This task measures the total economic contribution of bicycle event visitors by calculating the direct, indirect and induced effect in Minnesota.
- Profiling participants of Minnesota bicycling events: summary report (PDF) - This paper provides a profile of bicycle event participants including demographic and personal characteristics, trip purpose, activities, spending, and planning related to attending the events.
- Secondary analysis of the health benefits of bicycling (PDF) - This paper provides a secondary data analysis from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study, that identified running and bicycling as the strongest protective association against diabetes and metabolic syndrome.