I-40 pedestrian bridge a boost for health, business

By Jim Wise / News & Observer
DURHAM — A survey of people walking, running and cycling on the American Tobacco Trail near Southpoint mall suggests that its Interstate 40 bridge has boosted local health and the economy.

Results from May and June 2013 and the same time a year later showed:

•  A 133 percent increase in use on the trail section studied;
•  A 163 percent increase in calories burned;
•  And a $3.7 million increase in spending related to trips on the trail.

That’s according to “Behavioral Effects of Completing a Critical Link in the American Tobacco Trail,” a study released last week by the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at N.C. State University.

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