The group that is heading up a report on the economic impact of cycling in Tucson needs your input.
The study, which we wrote about last month, aims to figure out just how much money bicycling contributes to the region. It is a collaboration between the Pima Association of Government and the UA Eller College of Sports Management, which will produce the report as their fall class project.
Organizers say the study will help with the region’s push to obtain a platinum bicycle friendly status from The League of American Bicyclists and will show elected officials that investing in cycling can have a big economic impact.
Here’s what Ann Chanecka, a PAG planner who is helping organize the study, wrote in an email.
“It’s important to gauge how much cycling contributes to our local economy,” Chanecka wrote. “Measuring cycling’s contribution in dollars will encourage businesses and governments to continue to invest in infrastructure and program improvements for safe, efficient cycling.”
The group involved in the study created a list, which you can read below, to help the students get started.
The group needs your help with the list.
“PAG needs your help to make sure the study accurately captures how beneficial cycling is to our community,” Chanecka wrote. “PLEASE, take a look at the list and let PAG know what they need to add, change or subtract.”
The list is divided into 5 categories:
1. Races, Rides, Events and Tours (includes individuals coming to Tucson to train in the winter, but not group training camps)
2. Manufacturing and Distribution (frame, component and rack manufacture; accessory and apparel production; frame building; distribution)
3. Retail, rental, repair (bike shops and other stores that sell bikes)
4. Professional services (messengers, frame painting bike fitting, coaching, training camps, artists, consulting and legal services, government employees, non-profits) Note: government employees shall include Pima County Bike Ambassador program and all government staff who work full or part time on bike issues.
5. Investments (this includes both public and private investments in infrastructure, education, programs, etc. that brings jobs and other economic gains to the region.
Download the full list here and add a comment below with additions or subtractions to the list.