New data adds job creation to the many benefits of bicycle infrastructure

From Ray LaHood’s blog this last week:

In this case-study, “Estimating the Employment Impacts of Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Road Infrastructure,” the Political Economy Research Institute compiled data provided by the city of Baltimore. They found that on-street bike lanes and pedestrian measures created more direct jobs, more indirect jobs, and more induced jobs per dollar than either road upgrades or road resurfacing.

That report was followed last week by a survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating widespread public support–67 percent–in America’s cities for street design activities that increase physical activity.

Putting the two studies together creates a powerful argument for continuing the Department of Transportation’s support for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects. Even as these investments increase mobility, they also generate economic growth. And, people are demanding them for their communities.

Read the whole piece here: Ray LaHood’s January 13 blog entry.

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