Economic & Health Impact of the Trails
All outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania provided more jobs than the production of durable goods with an economic contribution of $17 billion in salary and wages and generating over $300 million in taxes, according to a 2016 study prepared for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership by Southwick Associates.
The health impact of outdoor recreation is so much more than a monetary figure, but if we are to assign a dollar amount it is now estimated that the health care savings to a community (not including the employer) are an average of about $10 per trail user per year. According to research being reviewed by the Rails to Trails Conservancy. Although the saving per year per trail user does not sound like a lot it does add up, and it should also be considered that users of outdoor recreation on a whole typically lead healthier lifestyles.
The reports linked below show how trails on the network of trails for the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail are adding value to our community.
Economic and Health Benefits of Bicycling in Northwest Arkansas
The Power of Outdoor Recreation Spending in Pennsylvania
Advancing Project-Scale Health Impact Modeling for Active Transportation