Friday, April 13, 2012

Cycling not driving, better for economy

The Mayor of Copenhagen, Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard commissioned a study in 2010 to look at the economics of transport in the city. Amazingly the study found that driving cars delivers a $0.20 net loss for each mile driven. Whereas cycling creates a $0.35 net benefit to the economy per mile ridden. 
Id like to think that similar statistics would apply for all cities but I think in a city where the major form of transport is cycling, rather than driving, its not surprising driving has a negative affect. And I'm sure in a car focused city the opposite may be found. 
The study also concluded that 68% of residents bicycle at least once a week, and citywide, 35% of residents bicycle to and from work/school, more than any other transportation method. 

When taking trips of under 6 miles, bicyclists outnumber cars 3 to 1. And most commuters cycle year-round, even with an average low of 28-degrees Fahrenheit during snowy winter months and 2.5 inches of rain during summer months.

Im sure Mr Kjedldgaard was happy with the statistics. (information was found at http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/)

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