Resources to Become a Trail-Friendly Business
Trail Towns Business Networking Groups
Rail Trail Towns Business Networking Group:
This networking group focused on businesses from New Freedom, Railroad, Glen Rock, and Seven Valleys meets at 8:30 AM on the second Tuesday of the month to coordinate events, share best-practices, and discuss timely developments
Susquehanna Holiday Trail:
Composed of 12 businesses Stretching from the Hallam area to Wrightsville, and down the Susquehanna Riverfront, this group organizes an annual event to encourage passport-participants to visit all of the member businesses.
2020 Virtual Workshop Series:
- Keynote Speaker David Kahley: View the Recording Here.
- Economic Impact & Benefits of Trails: View the Recording Here.
- Basics of a Trail Towns Program: View the Recording Here
- Business Retention, Expansion and Recruitment, Working with an Economic Development Agency, and Creating a Trail Friendly Business: View the Recording Here.
- How to Be a Welcoming & Inclusive Trail Town: View the Recording Here.
Economic Benefits of Trails
The RTC studies break trail user spending into three categories: “soft goods” (typically food or drink), “hard good” (bike parts, clothing, shoes, etc.) and lodging. Based on the 11 trails reviewed, over 67 % of respondents purchased soft goods while on the trail averaging $19.75 per trip; the Pine Creek Trail in north-central Pennsylvania saw the largest average in “soft goods” expenditure of over $38 per trip. The “hard goods” category had a larger percentage of respondents, with 82% of respondents buying hard goods related to the trail representing an average of $417.82 per user per year.
Reported spending on lodgings is modest because of most trails didn’t experience many overnight stays but across the 11 trails, 9% of respondents paid for overnight lodging near or along the trail with an average spend of nearly $100. It is assumed that a significant percentage of users stayed in campgrounds, lowering the average spending amount in this category.
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