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VT Walk/Bike Economic Impact Study -- Video Summarizes Findings

This video, produced by Peregrine Productions, summarizes the key findings of the Economic Impact Study of Walking and Bicycling in Vermont undertaken by the Vermont Agency of Transportation in 2012.  Read the full report on VTrans' website by clicking here.

 

 

VT Walk/Bike Impact Study: Public Comment Period Closed

A public meeting to review the final draft of the Economic Impact of Bicycling/Walking in VT report took place in March 15, 2012 at 7:00pm. Public comment on the plan is now closed. Email comments to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . See the meeting presentation below.

 

Final Draft -- Economic Impact of Walking & Biking in VT

 

SUBMIT COMMENTS: If you couldn't make the public meeting, you can submit comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. through Thursday, March 29.

 

VT Walk/Bike Impact Study Update

WBIS_Cover_image_smA public meeting to review the final draft of the Economic Impact of Bicycling/Walking in VT report will take place in March 15, 2012 at 7:00pm. Find the full public meeting details here. Presentation here.

ATTEND AT A VT INTERACTIVE TV SITE: It will be hosted at most Vermont Interactive Television sites around the state including the Williston site (451 Lawrence Place, Blair Park).

STREAM IT ONLINE: Participants wishing to view the live stream should go to http://www.vitlink.org/streamingmedia/ and click "link to login" and login as: Username: RSGINC.  Password: Stream107.  This page also contains a chat room (below the live stream) which can be used to ask questions. Participants using chat should identify themselves with a name by typing in the command "/nick John-Doe" and hitting enter.  Note the space between nick and first name and the hyphen (without a space) between first and last name.

 

Final Draft -- Economic Impact of Walking & Biking in VT

 

SUBMIT COMMENTS: If you can't make the public meeting, you can submit comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. through Thursday, March 29.

 

JANUARY 2012: The economic impact study for walking and biking is nearing completion.  The project steering committee met January 20, 2012 to review the latest draft report.

Download the January 2012 draft study here

Beth Isler from Resource Systems Group presented the preliminary findings of the economic impact study at the national Transportation Research Board (TRB) conference in late January.

Download the Power Point presentation here

A public meeting to review the final draft report will take place in March 15, 2012 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. It will be hosted on Vermont Interactive Television.  Find the full public meeting details here. Read the latest updates here.

 

VT Walk/Bike Impact Study: Working Paper #3 Available

Working_Paper_3_CoverOCTOBER 2011 -- Working Paper 3 presents preliminary economic impact estimates of biking and walking activities in Vermont. Previously identified data sources have been gleaned for appropriate information and analyzed as to their applicability for modeling purposes.

This memorandum first presents a primer on economic impact analysis and models—a necessary first step in framing the subsequent discussion regarding appropriate data and information to include in modeling the economic benefits of bicycling and walking in Vermont.

A series of analytical discourses follows on various available data sets on the economic effects of bicycling and walking activities in Vermont—from the construction and maintenance of dedicated bicycle-pedestrian infrastructure and the effects of those trails and paths on property values to the economic activity associated with the group of in-state bicycle and pedestrian-related businesses and tourism expenditures related to bicycle and pedestrian tours and events.

Download Working Paper #3 here.

Any comments on Working Paper #3 can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Resource Systems Group.

 

VT Walk/Bike Impact Study: Working Paper #2 Available

Working_Paper_2AUGUST 2011: The State and its consultants are still working to complete a comprehensive economic impact analysis of walking and bicycling in Vermont.  Here is Working Paper #2.

Any comments on it can be sent to Beth Isler.

Download Working Paper #2 here.

The goal is to complete the study in early 2012.

 

Are We Missing Any VT Bike/Pedestrian Businesses?

JUNE 2011: The State of Vermont is undertaking an economic impact study of walking and biking in the state.  Below, please find lists of bike/pedestrian businesses and events in the state.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with additions or revisions to these lists.  Thanks!

List of Vermont Bike / Pedestrian Businesses 6-23-2011

List of Vermont Bike / Pedestrian Events 6-23-2011

Working Paper #2 will be uploaded to this page soon.  For additional information on the study, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

25 Attend Outreach Meeting for VT Bike/Pedestrian Economic Impact Study

 

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FEBRUARY 2011: The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) hosted a statewide meeting February 16, 2011 via Vermont Interactive Television to gather early input on a study that will estimate the economic benefits of walking and biking in Vermont.  The purpose of the first public meeting was to increase awareness about the study and its goals and to gather early input on the approach and factors that should be considered.  25 people attended and provided valuable input on the project.

The study is being conducted for VTrans by a consultant team led by Resource Systems Group, Inc in partnership with Economic and Policy Resources, Inc and Local Motion. A presentation will be provided by the consultant team that describes their approach to the study, sources of information, and shares some preliminary findings. The presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion to answer questions, gather feedback on the approach and potentially seek assistance with providing additional information.

Learn more about the study by reviewing Working Paper #1 here.

 

Study Overview

The purpose of this study is to estimate the total economic benefits of walking and biking in Vermont. The results will be used to help educate decision makers, the business community, planners, advocates and other stakeholders; and may suggest policy changes and other actions that should be pursued to further the economic and other benefits of these two active modes of transportation. Previous studies have focused on the economic contribution of shared use paths to the tourism industry. This study will include a more comprehensive estimate and will evaluate such factors as: jobs and income created through investments in walking and biking related infrastructure, retail businesses and manufacturing facilities; reduced out-of-pocket costs when travelling by foot or bike; and the economic benefits associated with cleaner air, less noise, and healthier lifestyles that are the natural byproducts of walking and biking.

Additional information

  • See the study web site at  http://www.localmotion.org/reports; or
  • Contact VTrans Bike/Pedestrian Program Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 802-828-0059 with any questions.

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VT Bike/Ped Economic Impact Study Underway

VTrans_smNOVEMBER 2010: The purpose of this study is to estimate the total economic benefits of walking and biking in Vermont. The results will be used to help educate decision makers, the business community, planners, advocates and other stakeholders; and may suggest policy changes and other actions that should be pursued to further the economic and other benefits of these two non-motorized modes of transportation.

Funded by the VT Agency of Transportation, the consulting team working on the study is Resource Systems Group, Economic & Policy Resources and Local Motion.  The study began in October 2010 and is expected to be completed in late 2011.

For more information, contact VTrans Bike/Pedestrian Program Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 802-828-0059

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