Bicycling Towards Recovery

Bike lanes and bike commuters are fueling a significant segment of the economy in Copenhagen. In Portland, a high amount of bike lanes could mean similar economic impacts.

This op-ed from The Oregonian looks at how bicycle riders and commuters can help boost the local economy.

"Copenhagen, Denmark, where half the city commutes to work by bicycle, recently released a study showing those riders are responsible for a $247 million economic impact.

More than 300 businesses and 650 full-time jobs stem from the city's culture of riding to work, the city report found.

The cold, Nordic port city has a lot in common with the Portland area: greenspaces, Intel and a lot of rainy days. Each city is the hub for a roughly 2 million-person metro area (though Copenhagen claims 1.1 million urban dwellers, about double that of Portland)."

Full Story: Riding out of a recession: Bicycle commuters can power the economy


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