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Bicycles Boost Michigan's Economy

WMU University Relations

Riding your bike not only keeps you fit. The Michigan Department of Transportation says it also helps pump nearly $670 million into the state’s economy each year.

State transportation officials say that figure includes direct spending on bikes and related equipment of $175 annually; $256 million in reduced health care costs; and $187 million added to the economy because bicyclists take fewer sick days at work

M-DOT released a report on the financial impact of bicycling in Michigan Thursday. It looked at five cities, including Holland and Grand Rapids. M-DOT says biking generated almost $6.5 million in Holland while Grand Rapids reported just over $39 million.

Andy Robins has been WMUK's News Director since 1998 and a broadcast journalist for over 24 years. He joined WMUK's staff in 1985. Under his direction, WMUK has received numerous awards for news reporting.
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