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Biking Brings Big Business to Oregon

EUGENE, Ore. — Biking isn’t just for fun anymore. It’s actually big business for Oregon.

A survey from Travel Oregon says recreational bike travel accounts for $400 million of Oregon’s annual $9 billion tourism industry.

Residents told KEZI 9 News they think a lot of people choose Oregon for their bike rides because of its scenery.

“It’s not just flat and it’s not super windy, and so you get a lot of variety in your biking. You get some hills, and half the time the wind is behind you,” said Springfield resident Pam Caples.

It’s the first time the state has put a number on biking tourism.

Of those who spent time biking in Oregon, 53 percent also visited at least one microbrewery and 83 percent also went hiking.

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