Bicycling is popular.
- Bicycling is the second most common form of outdoor recreation in the U.S., according to a study by the Outdoor Foundation, with 60 million Americans enjoying the activity.
- More Americans bicycle than golf, ski and play tennis combined.
- In 2008, all of these cyclists took more than 2.6 billion bike outings, averaging 62 outings per bicyclist.
- American consumers purchase 19 million bicycles each year, 20%more than cars and trucks combined and 25 times more than boats.
Bicyclists Bring Business A Guide for Attracting Bicycle Tourists To New York’s Canal Communities
The great treat while cycling across New York was that I got a firsthand glimpse of many towns and villages which were, prior to the trip, simply a name on a Thruway exit sign. What I discovered was that there are many, many small communities along or near the
Canal which are rich in historical significance and beauty.
— Erie Canalway Trail end-to-end rider, 2009
Bicyclists represent potential customers who can bring revenue into your community.
Development of this guide was a collaborative effort by Parks & Trails New York, the New York State Canal Corporation and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
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