Bikenomics: How Cycling Saves Cities Money

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Bikenomics pamphlet makes the argument that cycling is sustainable economic development policy.

We know cycling is good for those who do it. But is it also good for everyone else–even those who do not cycle? The best way to answer this question is through “Bikenomics”, a (now) widespread term that indicates economic thinking applied to cycling. Bikenomics studies how the activity of cycling influences society through its impacts. And since it allows for optimal use of (scarcer and scarcer) resources, such as public space and private time, cycling is among the means of transport which make the most economic sense for society.

In order to make the argument that cycling is sustainable economic development policy, the Dutch Cycling Embassy has partnered with the World Resources Institute and Decisio to produce a two-page pamphlet. It explains clearly and concisely the positive impacts of cycling for individuals, companies, economic sectors, and society as a whole. These benefits must be carefully considered when prioritizing mobility investments, especially as cities and regions aim to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis in a timely manner.

This document is available to download in English, Chinese, CzechDutch, EstonianFrench, German, GreekItalian, PolishPortuguese, Spanish, and Turkish. If you have any questions, or would like to request (or assist with) a different translation, please get in touch.

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