The University of Massachusetts has completed a new study that shows that bicycle lanes create jobs. As a cyclist, this seems obvious to me since whenever I see a store or restaurant I want to go into I just hop off my bike and I’m in there spending money rather quickly.
It’s good to see that research backs up the importance that bike lanes have to a vibrant economy.
On average, the â€œroad-onlyâ€ projects evaluated created 7.8 jobs per million, while the â€œbicycling-onlyâ€ projects provided 11.4 jobs per million. For example, a roadway-focused project with no bicycle or pedestrian components in Santa Cruz, Calif. generated 4.94 jobs per $1 million spent. In contrast, a bicycle-focused project in Baltimore, Md. produced 14.35 jobs per million. The reviewers attribute the difference to the simple fact that bicycle and pedestrian projects are often more labor intensive.
â€œItâ€™s no secret that investing in transportation infrastructure creates jobs and helps the economy,â€ said Caron Whitaker, campaign director at America Bikes [sponsors of the study]. â€œThis study proves bicycle and pedestrian projects are no exception â€” in fact, they are especially efficient in creating jobs.â€