Benefits of Bicycling

The Benefits of Bicycling

Bicycling has many benefits and is a simple solution for many issues facing our state:

  • Bicycling is an enjoyable physical activity that is appropriate for the entire family. Regular physical activity that is integrated into day-to-day life, such as bicycle riding, is one of the best strategies for reducing obesity.
  • Bicycle friendly communities are healthy, pleasant places to live and work.
  • Communities that posses safe, convenient, connected bicycle facilities attract businesses, retain property values better, and have an overall higher quality of life.
  • Encouraging bicycling for transportation will decrease traffic congestion, reduce demand for parking and improve air quality.
  • Bicycling events, retailers, and manufacturers are a growing and important sector of Georgia's economy.
  • Bicycle projects are far more cost-effective than other transportation projects
  • Encouraging bicycle use is a long term strategy for reducing our state's healthcare costs, by creating a healthier populace that suffers from fewer chronic diseases.
  • Getting more school-age children to bike to school leads to healthier children who perform better in school.
  • Bicycle lanes create safer streets for everyone, not just people on bikes. 
  • Bicycle commuting leads to big savings that tend to be spent locally, sustaining strong local business districts.

Economic Benefits of Bicycling

 

Links to articles and resources that detail the many economic benefits of incorporating bicycling infrastructure and bike-friendly policies in our communities.

 

Another excellent resource is the home page of Rutgers University professor Dr. John Pucher. His site lists a wide range of downloadable, peer-reviewed research on the health, economic, and environmental benefits of bicycling.