The Outdoor Recreation’s Economic Contributions Act has this week passed the U.S. House of Representatives, with just the senate remaining to pass the bill.
The act would require statistics to be released by the Departments of Commerce and Labor on how outdoor recreation boosts the economy. It is estimated that the economic ripple effects of outdoor activity, including job creation, sales and tourism, among other things, could be worth $646 billion. 6.1 million jobs are said to be related to the outdoor industry in the U.S.
PeopleForBikes, which has been lobbying congress on the subject, has now said it is optimistic that the bill will ultimately pass and excluding any objections, be signed by President Trump by the end of next year.
Find out more at congress.gov.