- Rider Diversity
- Increase Racing Competitions
- Environmental Awareness
- Resident Benefits and Pricing
- Jobs and Wages
- Keeping $$$ in Local Economy
- Local Politics
- Community Health
- Protect Local Character and Prosperity
With multitudes of riders, each riding in a local area instead of riding outside the state based on their own interests and needs guarantees a broader range of marked and known trail areas.
Racing culture increasing and more riders competing is the best way to make sure that you have a riding partner or someone to learn from, not to mention larger group rides over long-term.
Riders typically seem to be a bit more environmentally aware of their settings because they are around it more and at a slower pace. This helps sustain a more vibrant, useable area. These benefits in turn reduce automobile use and possibly sprawl, habitat loss, and air/water pollution.
LBS’s require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and franchise developments.
Local business starting fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity. With more riders, this gives more opportunities and desire to start more bike related or bike-friendly businesses.
Cyclists buy things. Beverages, Snacks, Bikes, Health-stuff. Tires, tubes, etc do not grow on trees. Someone has to ship them, and someone has to sell them, no?
Your $ spent in locally owned businesses have 3x as much impact on your community as $ spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community based cycling events and development.
Local riding means that more cycling activity is in the public eye. This with the actual support of cyclists themselves means that important decisions are made by people who live in the community and will see and feel the effects of decisions influenced by cyclists.
Being a role model of cycling in your town by staying locally will promote a healthy lifestyle decision which may impact communities and neighbors in your area.
Your roads and trails are the most important compared to anything else in your state. By choosing to ride and protect these areas, you help maintain your town’s distinct style and class for future cyclists.
All in all, local cycling comes down to Money, Health, Exposure, Politics, and Preservation for the Future!
More Reasons: http://www.ridelocal.org/