The value of cycling

This report was commissioned to provide a review of the literature on the value of cycling. It focuses on evidence of the wider economic benefits of cycling as a mode of transport, such as retail revenue, employment effects, and public spending efficiencies. The aim of the research is to collate the evidence base which outlines the benefits and disbenefits of investment in cycling as a mode of transport. Existing appraisal methods already take into account health benefits (reduced mortality), decongestion benefits (including generalized reduction in traffic collisions), and personal journey amenity benefits. The findings of the review suggest that there is evidence of the value of cycling as a mode of transport. However, it is less clear what the exact nature of that value would look like: the valuation and monetization of the complete range of potential benefits of cycling do not appear to have been widely considered. In conclusion, there is substantial discourse about the benefits of cycling. These benefits are found across a range of thematic spheres (e.g. improving accessibility, increasing employment access, contributing to vibrant communities and individual well-being) and geographic scales (neighbourhood, local, regional, national). However, despite assertions of various positive impacts, the literature is less forth-coming about the ways in which these may be realistically captured. The nuanced impacts that go beyond mainstream economic measures are difficult to harness into substantiated and replicable metrics.


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  • Pagination: 33p

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  • Accession Number: 01599077
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: May 18 2016 9:28AM