There are so many incredible bike trails in and around Fort Collins, that it once prompted me to say that cycling is akin to the state religion. It seems as though everyone has a bike.

In fact recently Fort Collins was named the second most cycling friendly city in the country. Now the City of Fort Collins and CSU are attempting to get a grant to study the economic impact that cycling has on The Choice City.

The Coloradoan is reporting.

City officials are sure that bicycles have an intrinsic value to Fort Collins and its residents.

Now they want to know the economic impact that comes from the city’s bike lanes, recreation trails and bicycle parking. The city of Fort Collins in tandem with CSU plan to pursue a $10,000 grant to conduct a two-part study examining how Fort Collins’ bicycle community impacts the local economy, said Dave “DK” Kemp, the city’s bicycle coordinator.

The deadline for the grant application through Bikes Belong, an organization sponsored by the U.S. bicycle industry with the goal of increasing cycling, is the end of September. Based in Boulder, Bikes Belong has a $2.5 million annual operating budget, according to its website.


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