Build bike lanes – save our economy

Bike Lane Road MarkingsAccording to he folks at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Political Economy Research Institute, the construction of on street bike lanes can actually generate more jobs that other infrastructure projects.  At least, those appear to be the findings of a study titled “Estimating the Employment Impacts of Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Road Infrastructure,” conducted in the Baltimore, Maryland area.

The study centered around comparing the number of jobs generated for every $1 million invested in each particular type of project.  The results showed that every million dollars spend on Pedestrian projects produced (both directly and indirectly) about 11.3 new jobs, Bike boulevard projects 11.7 jobs, and on street bike lanes produced the highest number of jobs at 14.4.  By comparison, road resurfacing resulting in new job generation of only 6.8.
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