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An Assessment of the Effects of Mountain Biking in Marquette and on Michigan's Ecotourism Economy (2015)
Co-Learning Plan - 2015
Author: Scott Jordan, Ph.D., Northern Michigan University
Mountain biking is an ecotourism activity that has been growing in popularity across the country and especially in Michigan. As interest in mountain biking has increased, a number of individuals and organizations have contributed in developing and expanding the trail systems in and around Marquette. Marquette is situated among the hills and valleys of Michigan's North Central Upper Peninsula on the south shore of Lake Superior. This area became an epicenter for mountain biking due to local investment in the development of a trails system offering riding experiences for all levels of cyclists. Advancement of the trails system was intended to create superb riding as well as to create a cycling economy. This analysis examined the economic effects and sustainability that the sport of mountain biking has on the Marquette area of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and on the state of Michigan.
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