BENEFITS OF BICYCLING
Bicycling has many benefits and is a simple solution for many issues facing our state
Health and Quality of Life
- 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 Factsheet on Bicycling in Georgia (America Bikes/League of American Bicyclists)
- For a breakdown by Georgia Congressional district, visit http://americabikes.org/resources/
- Economic Impact Assessment of GA’s Silver Comet Trail (GDOT, ALTA Planning+Design)
- Economic Benefits of Bike Trails (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy)
- Economic and Health Benefits of Bicycling in Iowa (University of Northern Iowa)
- Americans want more walkable, bikeable neighborhoods (National Real Estate Association)
- Assessing the Economic Impact of Bicycle Facilities
- Benefits of Recreational Facilities and Walkable Community Design
- “The Bicycle Dividend” (excellent summary of benefits from U Mass economics professor)
- Bicycle-Related Economy Report (Portland, OR)
- “Bikenomics” series from Grist.org
- “Complete Streets” development retains value (National Real Estate Association)
- Economic Benefits of Bicycling & Bicycling Facilities
- Economic Impact of Bicycling in Colorado
- Economic Impact of Bicycling in Pikes Peak, CO (March 2015)
- Bicycles Are Business: What Research Says About Bicycling’s Economic Benefits (Summary of current research by Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)
- Estimating the Employment Impacts of Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Road Infrastructure (Case Study: Baltimore)
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts (U Mass)
- Are pro transit/bike/ped policies effectively a “war on cars”? Absolutely not. (Victoria Transport Policy Institute)