• Bike Trails Worth $42M Every Year for Florida’s Orange County

    by  • October 19, 2011 • Economics, Transportation Trails • 0 Comments

    The West Orange Trail

    Dennis Jones moved to Winter Garden six years ago because he enjoyed using the West Orange Trail, a paved bike path that cuts through the heart of the downtown district.
    The trail now provides him with a living because he and his wife own Wheel Works, a bike shop they opened three years ago in downtown. They are doubling in size because business is so good. “It [the trail] is the reason we are here,” said Jones, a prime example of the impact of the three abandoned rail corridors in Orange County transformed into bike trails during the 1990s. The trio of paths pumps $42 million into the local economy annually and supports 516 jobs, according to a study conducted by the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council.Read more>>

    About

    James Wilson is the executive director of Bike Delaware. He is a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (by whom he was named the 2014 Professional of the Year, Nonprofit Sector), the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Delaware Bicycle Council. He serves on the board of directors of Delaware Greenways and the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance and as the co-chair of the policy committee of the Advisory Council on Walkability and Pedestrian Awareness. He holds engineering degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas at Austin and is the only registered lobbyist for cycling and walking in Delaware. He helped create, and continues to lead Bike Delaware's participation in, the Walkable Bikeable Delaware campaign. During his tenure as Bike Delaware's executive director, Delaware advanced in the national Bicycle Friendly State rankings for five years in a row, farther and faster than any other state, ever.

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