Cycle Industry News)
The Capital Region of Denmark’s 2016 cycling survey, a follow up from a 2012 study, has shown active travel’s contribution to have significant financial and social benefits.
One of five regional authorities in Denmark, the Capital Region has seen a rise in cycling levels of 20% since 2007 and 8% since the 2012 report, representing 408 million trips on two wheels in 2016. A quarter of all journeys now involve a bicycle in the region, with that figure increasing in densely populated spaces. 13% of all trips to work or education involved cycling in 2016, with a 2016 survey on infrastructure in the region showing that 68% would like to see continued investment in cycling infrastructure, more than the 43% focused on seeing motoring conditions improved.
Detailing satisfaction among cyclists and latterly health and economic benefits, the study shows those cycling saved the equivalent of 50,000 sick days when compared to the 2012 study. This, it is calculated, amounts to 1.6 billion DKK (€215 million) in economic savings. It is calculated that for every 1,200 kilometres cycled the health benefits equate to one less sick day.
When it comes to value for money per mile of infrastructure cycling was demonstrated to lead the pack, delivering a socioeconomic return of 19%, significantly above the City Circle line’s 3%, for example.
Congestion further ramps up the economic reasons for cities to drive commuter cycling levels. Each day over 130,000 hours are spent queuing, despite the high cycling modal share. As a result people arriving late costs the economy 8.5 billion DKK (€2.15 billion) every year, or the equivalent of 22,000 full time positions.
If commuters who cycle were to leave their bikes at home and switch to other modes of transport, commuters would make 30% more car journeys in the Capital Region, said the study.
Read the full report here.