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Economic benefits of cycling. Bruce Macdonald. Making the case. . SQW carried out research for Cycling England to measure the benefits of cycling

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making the case
Making the case

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  • SQW carried out research for Cycling England to measure the benefits of cycling
  • The case for public investment means demonstrating that cycling makes a wider contribution to society than is reflected in the benefits for individual cyclists:
      • e.g. better health, productivity, reduced pollution and congestion
  • As context, a report commissioned by DfT found that between 2001/02 and 2005/06, cycling outcomes under Local Transport Plans fell below targets or expectations
making the case3
Making the case

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  • Need to answer to 2 questions:
    • How much additional cycling activity do specific investments generate?
    • What is the “value” generated by increasing the amount of cycling activity (health, pollution, congestion)?
  • Answering these questions will:
    • build confidence in planning for cycling investment
    • increase cycling’s influence in the planning process, and
    • strengthen the political will to deliver successful cycling projects
translating benefits into hard numbers
Translating benefits into hard numbers

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  • Research commissioned to value the measurable benefits of cycling:
    • Improvements in general health and fitness
      • - Reduced mortality
      • - Reduced NHS costs
      • - Reduced absenteeism
    • Cutting pollution and CO2 emissions
    • Contribution to easing congestion
the investment case
The investment case
  • A 50% increase in trips between 2005 and 2015 will generate savings of £1.3 billion
the cycling planning model
The Cycling Planning Model

Number of cyclists needed to achieve a benefit to cost ratio of 1:1

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applying the cycling planning model
Applying the Cycling Planning Model

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  • Five case studies
  • Results reflect the values attributed to additional cyclists (but some benefit pedestrians and will other social effects)
  • Found it difficult to identify no. of new cyclists
  • The value of benefits ranged from £0.34 to over £40.00 for a £1 invested
  • Absolutely critical to build up data on how various investment activities generate additional cyclists
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