The following research reports and media articles have been compiled by Transportation Options, from international jurisdictions and sources. All are publicly available and online. Learn more about the value of cycle tourism elsewhere, marketing and development of cycle tourism, travel and trip motivations, demographics and the economic impact of this growing sector worldwide. If you have any additional research you think should be posted here, or comments on any of the research please let us know. We ask that if you use any of the information below its source is correctly cited.
Cycling Contributes $6.3 Billion a Year to the Australian Economy (2021) News article and link to report completed by We Ride Australia and Ernst & Young (EY) that estimates cycling’s contribution to the Australian economy. Findings include that spending on cycle tourism and services was worth $1.2 billion in 2020. Cyclists Love Trains (2021) An in depth analysis on the bicycle friendliness of European railway operators. Published by the European Cyclists Federation (ECF) this research report can be used by policymakers and industry leaders alike to benchmark their performance, study examples of shortcomings and best practices, and understand where there is clear potential for continued improvement.
Making Sense of the Numbers: Nelson Mountain Biking Economic Study (2018) Research conducted by BERL illustrates the significant economic impact that mountain biking can have on a regional level. An estimated $17.1 million of new and retained spending occurs annually in the Nelson-Tasman region. This study also provides a strategic overview of future investments, partnerships and promotion that can help continue build mountain bike tourism in the region.
Economic and Health Benefits of Bicycling in Northwest Arkansas (2018) Research conducted by BBC Research & Consulting, explores cycling behavior and the economic and health benefits of cycling in the region. Cycle tourism is proving to be a significant economic driver for the region with cycle tourists spending $27 million at local businesses each year.
A Guide to Bicycle Camping: Adventure Cyclist Association (2018) A comprehensive guide that includes how-to’s, best practices, case studies, and examples that will provide a starting point for implementing or improving bicycle camping services, amenities, policies, and communications for communities, tourism partners and local businesses.
Best Practices Research for Businesses - Cycle Tourism (2018) Research conducted by Ontario By Bike to highlight successful operations with outstanding products or services within the cycle tourism sector. An online scan of over 25 businesses catering to cycle tourists was conducted and report illustrates bicycle amenities, cycling-related partnerships and packages and the marketing tactics of businesses reviewed.
ECF - Cycle Tourism Day at ITB Berlin (2018) Presentations and sessions coordinated by the European Cyclists Federation for ITB, the worlds largest tourism trade fair, focusing on cycle tourism with presenters from United Nations World Tourism Organization, European Travel Commission, European Cyclists' Federation (EFC), ADFC Germany. Link here for presentations: Day 1 & Day 2.
The Value of Cycling to the Scottish Economy (2018) Conducted by Cycling Scotland, this report incorporates impacts of mountain biking & off-road trails, as well as leisure cycling (on roads and traffic-free paths).retail, manufacturing on the Scottish economy. Cycling events and their economic importance is also illustrated.
ADFC - Travelbike Bicycle Travel Analysis (2017) Learn more about Germany's bicycle tourism industry, the numbers, data and facts. This report is available in English, in an extended 51 page format, short version or fact sheet and is based on the 18th national survey on the bicycle travel market. Cycle tourism increased by 16% in Germany in 2016.
The Outdoor Recreation Economy (2017) A report from the Outdoor Industry Association illustrating the economic impact of cycling participants have on the US economy, identified specifically under 'trip-related' sales. Also indicates the number of jobs created that are associated with bicycle recreation.
Ngā Haerenga NZ Cycle Trail Evaluation Report (2016) This report evaluates the impact the New Zealand Cycle Trail has had on local and national economies, as well as a cost-benefit analysis of investments to tourism dollars. Additionally, the social benefits and governance of the infrastructure are explored.
Oregon Bicycle Travel Survey (2013) This report describes the economic significance of cycle-related travel throughout Oregon, documenting the magnitude and distribution of economic impacts to the state and its residents.