MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTH!
Bicycling can help bring in big bucks for communities. Two recent studies on outdoor recreation point to bicycling contributing $96-97 billion in annual retail sales nationally (Bureau of Economic Analysis and Outdoor Industry Association).1
Outdoor recreation was included in the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) calculations for the first time in 2018 and undoubtedly surprised a few folks. The economic powerhouse created an output of $734 billion in 2018 which surpassed many other industries such as agriculture, petroleum and coal, and computer/electronic products (Outdoor Recreation Roundtable) Bicycle recreation, based on the Outdoor Industry Association, contributed to the creation of 848,000 jobs in 2017.1
Oregon Scenic Bikeways are one way of promoting bicycling road rides. On the south coast, the Wild Rivers Coast Bikeway was designated in 2015 around the Port Orford area. It is the only Oregon Scenic Bikeway on the Oregon coast! The moderate 61-mile route can be completed in one or more days with out-and-back rides. The historic Battle Rock Park in Port Orford is a great starting place with views of Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. There are also other stretches like the 17-mile ride on the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest following the Wild and Scenic Elk River through old-growth forest. To find out more about this year around bikeway check the brochure located at https://traveloregon.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/10-Year-Anniversary-Scenic-Bikeway-Brochure_Web.pdf.
If you want to know more about Outdoor Recreation you might want to check in to the Oregon Outdoor Recreation Summit, May 13-14, Bend “Building Connections, Inspiring Actions.” For more info see https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_featureArticle&articleId=252.
Photo below is from the Wild and Scenic Elk River area.
The South Coast Development Council focuses on activities that involve business retention/ recruitment, and expansion. Outdoor recreation activities, such as biking, can help diversify and support businesses all along the coast. Let's get out and ride!