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Shimano and IMBA Release MTB Economics Study

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IRVINE, US – Mountainbiking contributes US$ 26 billion ( 17 bn) annually to the American economy. This is one of the conclusions drawn from an economic study instigated by Shimano and the International Mountain Bicycling Association. We want legislators, policy makers and

Shimano and IMBA Release MTB Economics Study

IRVINE, US – Mountainbiking contributes US$ 26 billion (€ 17 bn) annually to the American economy. This is one of the conclusions drawn from an economic study instigated by Shimano and the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

“We want legislators, policy makers and the public to understand how significant mountain biking is to both the economy and to keeping people healthy”, said Kozo Shimano (photo), former president of Shimano America and currently busy advocating cycling in the US.

The results of the study have been laid down in ‘The Economics and Benefits of Mountain Biking’. This study was presented by both parties at the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. this week.

1 in 5 American ride MTBs

More than 1 in 5 Americans age 16 and over ride a mountain bike. A recent cost benefit analysis concluded that every dollar invested in trails led to almost three dollars in direct medical benefit. The World Health Organization recommends riding a bike to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Mountainbikers are also dedicated conservationists who volunteer their time, labour and money to protect the natural and cultural resources where they ride. IMBA Executive Director Mike Van Abel commented, “From the beginning, IMBA members have embraced a stewardship ethic that benefits conservation of our natural lands and waters. This timely publication shows how that conservation mindset also gives back with economic benefits.”

Scientific research has shown mountain biking to be a low impact environmentally sustainable activity with no more impact on natural resources than hiking, and far less than many other recreational activities. “To put the activity in perspective, 50 million Americans ride a mountain bike. More than 1½ times the number of people who play golf“, added Kozo Shimano.

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