Reports & Studies

Bike Path Attracts People & Dollars

Trail_SurveyA 2010 report confirmed our hunch – that the Burlington Bike Path & Colchester Causeway attract lots of visitors and money to the region.

Using CCMPO automated trail counts, a 2008 Local Motion survey of path users, and VT tourism data, the UVM Transportation Research Center report found:

  • 30% to 50% of path users are visitors from outside Chittenden County
  • The path welcomes over 100,000 users between May and September (800 people/day on average)
  • Path visitors cumulatively spend $4.5 million annually during their days on the trail (lodging, food, rentals, etc.)
  • Each day the Causeway Bike Ferry operates, non-local ferry passengers spend $13,700 in our region.
  • During weekdays, about 22% of path users are using the path to get to work, school, stores, etc.

The report includes additional information including percentage of path users walking, biking, running, and inline skating and the percentage of cyclists wearing helmets.  The report is still being laid out for publication.  Download the report here.  For more info, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you to the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization, the UVM Transportation Research Center, the City of Burlington, the Town of Colchester and the 30 Local Motion volunteers who conducted the 2008 survey (especially survey coordinator and former LM Board Member Don Thomas).

The City also completed a trail survey in 1992.


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