Assessing the Economic Impacts and Health Effects of Bicycling in Minnesota

APA Minnesota Chapter


Friday, September 29, 2017
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. CDT

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MnDOT’s 2016 20-year Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan identified bicycling as an integral part of Minnesota’s transportation system. Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) contracted with a research team from the University of Minnesota to complete a study to better understand the economic impact and health benefits of bicycling in the state. The components of the study quantify the miles traveled on bicycle infrastructure and demonstrate the economic impact from employment, transportation, tourism, recreation and that benefit of health. Findings from the project facilitated partnerships between transportation and health promotion planners, generated new knowledge about the magnitude of economic strength of the bicycling industry, produced information on market reach and consumer spending, demonstrated the health benefits of bicycling and developed information to support future development of infrastructure statewide.

Attendees will take away from this session:

• An example of a research study that is among the first in the nation of this subject, which is interdisciplinary and provides quantitative data to support decision-making.

• An understanding that transportation impacts can be examined from many different angles

• Examples of public communications that highlight the study results in plain language and the communication strategy for the study results.


Sara Dunlap

Sara Dunlap is a transportation planner with a public health twist. She currently works for Minnesota DOT planning for the future of rural transit and convincing co-workers that health and transportation are intertwined. Sara also participates in research at MnDOT, specializing and emphasizing the role and implications of public health ... Read More

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