Northwest Arkansas’ robust economy is powered, in part, by bicycles.


That’s according to three new studies commissioned by Bentonville-based Walton Family Foundation (WFF) and released Thursday (March 29), which say cycling contributed $137 million to the Northwest Arkansas economy in 2017.


The economic impact is broken down into health-care related costs ($86 million) by keeping children and adults active and decreasing the prevalence of adverse health conditions, and business benefits ($51 million) that include spending, retail sales and sales taxes and tourism spending by out-of-state visitors. The foundation also has been active in soliciting support from public and private entities for biking trails and related amenities.


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