Impact Studies, Surveys & Research

  • Benefits of Non-Motorized Transportation Facilities: Research Summary from Midland, Isabella, Kent, Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties.
  • Community and Economic Benefits of Bicycling in Michigan: In an effort to better understand the community and economic impacts of bicycling in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Transportation commissioned BBC Research & Consulting and R. Neuner Consulting to conduct a study of the economic and community benefits of bicycling statewide and in five case study communities in Michigan. This report and the accompanying case study community reports are the result of the first phase of the study, documenting benefits associated with residents who bicycle and participate in bicycling events.
  • Community and Economic Benefits of Bicycling in Michigan – Phase 2: The second phase of the MDOT Study focuses on the economic and community benefits associated with bicycle related tourism and events.
  • Economic Impact of the Huron River: The Huron River supports recreation, tourism, and business activities that generate substantial income for the local economy. The river corridor directly serves the 650,000 residents of the Huron River watershed and additionally serves as a recreational and tourist destination for the nearly four million residents of the region.
  • The Economic Benefits of Huron-Clinton Metroparks: The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority is a regional park district encompassing Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties. It was created by the citizens of Southeast Michigan in 1940 to steward natural resources and provide recreational and educational opportunities. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks system includes 13 parks that cover over 24,000 acres of protected land and 55 miles of paved trails in addition to many miles of natural surface trails.
  • Economic (and other) Benefits of Trails, Greenways and Open Space: Compiled by National Park Service – Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance.
  • Economic Impact of Oakland County’s Water Resources: Oakland County, Michigan, boasts an extensive green infrastructure network and diverse natural environment that contributes substantially to residents’ quality of life. It is also Michigan’s most densely populated county and leads the state in terms of economic
  • Economic Valuation of Natural Resource Amenities: A Hedonic Analysis of Hillsdale and Oakland Counties: This study focuses on valuation of “green infrastructure” in Michigan. Green infrastructure provides numerous services to the public, including quality of life benefits, increasing the attractiveness of locations for growth, and influencing the value of properties and hence local tax collections. To understand the value of green infrastructure in Michigan, two case study counties are selected – Hillsdale and Oakland counties. In Hillsdale County, the value of water amenities are considered; and in Oakland County, the amenity values of waterways, water-bodies, recreational lands, and walkable and bikeable green infrastructure such as trails, side walks, bike lanes, and park path–are considered.
  • Michigan Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan: Michigan’s outdoor recreation can be used in a variety of ways to achieve a range of community goals. It is important to understand how people are recreating outdoors in order to identify preferences and the potential future direction of outdoor activity in Michigan. Michigan’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) is a five-year strategic plan that shapes investment by the State of Michigan and local communities in priority outdoor recreation infrastructure and programming. It is designed to evaluate ongoing and emerging outdoor recreation trends, needs, and issues, and establish priority strategies for achieving outdoor recreation goals.
  • Non-Motorized Use of the Vasa Pathway – A Case Study of Economic Impacts: The Vasa Pathway is visited more than 55,000 times a year by daily users and event participants. At least 6,200 unique individuals from the Traverse City area, the State of Michigan and beyond travel there each year for biking, skiing, walking, bird-watching and other non-motorized activities.
  • Traverse City Case Study—Community and Economic Benefits of Bicycling: This report on the community and economic impacts of bicycling in Traverse City is one of five case studies developed for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) by BBC Research & Consulting and R. Neuner Consulting. The research on Traverse City was conducted as part of the first phase of a study of economics and bicycling throughout Michigan.
  • 2020 Trail Usage Patterns Along the Great Allegheny Passage: • This year’s report is the sixth report since 2015, when the TRAFx locations and synchronized count protocol changed substantially. Trail use estimates have varied considerably year-to-year since 2015, but overall, the linear trend shows an increase in trail use of approximately 14.4% per year.