Thursday, April 28, 2011

bike trails and hiking paths on the internet

bike trails on the internet

You may have found this blog while doing an internet search for biking trails. Below is a graphical representation of a search for the keywords/phrase "bike trails."

One part of this chart is surprising and the other part is not. The surprising part is that, as a percentage of total searches on the internet, bike trails is very gradually going down over the years and forecast to go down even further throughout this year. That doesn't bode well for things like gasoline consumption, global warming, obesity, and our health in general.

What is not surprising is that searches for bike trails peak in the summer months of May, June, July, and August. This is represented by the yearly peaks you see in the line graph above. So we are rapidly approaching the busy season for bike trail searches. I also see that on the Google Analytic charts for both the trailsnet website and trailsnet blog. In addition, I start noticing a rapid increase in purchases of my trail guides on

So let's get out there and enjoy the summer trails, but we need to do a better job of convincing people that biking trails and hiking paths are fun, healthy, and environmentally friendly.


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