GIL BenefitsThe GIL is a major benefits giver; convenient transportation, economic impact for businesses, air pollution reduction, noise pollution reduction, personal health, and quality of life.
#1 - Young teens who live in neighborhoods where they can safely bike and walk to school and other destinations are significantly less likely to be obese. (Priedt, R., 2010)
#2 - Overweight adolescents who participate in bicycling 3 to 4 days per week are 85% more likely to become normal-weight adults. (Menschik, D., et al., 2008)
#3 - A study of nearly 2,400 adults found that those who biked to work were fitter, leaner, less likely to be obese, and had better triglyceride levels, blood pressure, and insulin levels than those who didn't active commute to work. (Gordon-Larsen, P., et al., 2009)
#4 - The Great Allegheny Passage Economic Impact Study (Campos, 2009) attributed 2008 revenue of $40,677,299 and it was projected that businesses distributed $7,500,798 in wages.
#5 - The Heritage Rail Trail County Park (21 miles) in York County, PA cost $4.5 million dollars to construct (1990-1999). Average annual spending by trail users on consumable goods is $2.3 million or $35 million over the past 15 years. -Carl Knoch, Chairperson York County Rail Trail Authority.
Senior citizens maintaining health as they use a Gettysburg business.