The region’s trail network is paying dividends to the economy with purchases of equipment, food and beverages and overnight stays, according to the first new survey of trail users in four years.
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- More older users are on the trail, a good indication that people understand the connection between activity and health.
- Between 60 percent and 70 percent are there to bike, with hiking, jogging, and pet walking following in popularity in that order.
- A very high number - 90 percent - rate the trails as safe, secure and clean.
- Users are spending money on bikes, roller blades, clothing and footwear. The average estimated trail-related spending for those types of goods was $563.
- When people use the trail and buy food and drink, they spend about $16.
- Out-of-towners staying overnight typically stay two nights and pay $77 a night for the accommodation.