A new survey commissioned by Travel Oregon shows that bicycle tourism contributes $400 million to the state’s economy.
The survey looked at all kinds of cyclists, from vacationers who rent fat-tire cruiser bikes, to out-of-state cyclists who come for a multi-day road tour. Cyclists spend money on things like lodging, restaurants, gear, and event fees.
Alice Trindle is the Executive Director of the Eastern Oregon Visitor’s Association. She says that cycling has become an important tourism niche in Eastern Oregon.
“In the last two years we have seen somewhere close to a 50% increase in the number of cyclists on our roads,” says Trindle. “I think they’re coming to Eastern Oregon for the diversity that we offer, the low traffic and the beautiful, scenic vistas.”
According to the survey, recreational cyclists contribute about $1.2 million per day to Oregon’s economy.