More evidence of the economic impact of trails and mountain biking on local communities. It’s not just about bikes boosting the bottom line, It’s about access to wild places, recreation, health and quality of life.
“Walking will take you places—but biking will take you farther,” notes Karen Minkel, the Home Region program director for the Walton Family Foundation in Bentonville, Arkansas. She should know: Minkel is responsible for implementing measures designed to improve overall quality of life for people living in northwest Arkansas. Biking—along with the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, a relatively mild climate, and a laid-back, outdoorsy vibe—has been a top attractor for people looking to visit or move…(more)