Washington State

$3.1 Billion from Recreational Bicycling

Bicycling provides a recreational use value of over $3 billion in Washington State, according to the January 2020 study, Economic, Environmental, & Social Benefits of Recreational Trails in Washington State (p 17). Nearly 1.5 million people use trails for bicycling, contributing to $44.3 million in savings to the economy. The total economic value of trails is over $8.2 billion. 

A January 2015 study, Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State, prepared byEarth Economics and commissioned by the Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation, shows that recreational bicyclists (local and out-of-state) spend $3.1 billion per year statewide and bicycling is the third largest outdoor recreational activity in the state by total expenditures.