Biking is big business in Oregon



KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Bicycling is big business in Oregon according to a new study released yesterday by the state’s tourism agency, Travel Oregon.

Recreational bike travel accounts for $400 million of Oregon’s annual $9 billion tourism industry. Of people who spent time cycling around Oregon, 83 percent also hike, and 58 percent visited at least one microbrewery.

About 5,000 people took part in the survey from two dozen bicycle and tourism-related blogs, web sites, newsletters and other resources.