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Perkiomen Trail User Survey and Economic Impact Analysis

In 2008, 46.7% of visitors to Pennsylvania’s Perkiomen Trail, a 19-mile multi-use trail between Green Lane Park in Upper Frederick Township, and Oaks in Upper Providence Township purchased soft goods at an average cost of $11.09 per trip. Three percent stayed overnight as part of their trail experience.
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Survey & Economic Impact Findings:

  • In 2008, 81.5% of the sample responded that their use of the trail had influenced a purchase of "hard goods" items including bikes, bike supplies, auto accessories, shoes, clothing and camping gear.
    • The average of these "hard goods" purchases was $396.89.
    • With an estimated 400,000 trail users in 2008, and an average life span of six years for "hard goods" purchses, this equates to $3,242,760 in trail related revenue.
  • 53.3% of the sample responded that their use of the trail had influenced a purchase of "soft goods" including drinks and food items on their most recent visit to the trail.
    • The average of these "soft goods" purchses was $11.09.
    • With an estimated 400,000 trail users in 2008, this equates to $2,364,388 in trail related revenue.
  • Less than 3% of survey respondents included an overnight stay as part of their trail experience so there is insufficient data to include this category in the economic impact analysis.

 


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