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)."