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Bicycle lanes and traffic reorganization save Gladsaxe Municipality half a billion DKK
Ivan Christensen | November 29, 2016
STUDY: Gladsaxe Municipality has saved expenses of around half a billion DKK on healthcare since 1986. Traffic reorganization has resulted in fewer accidents and more bicycle lanes have resulted in more people cycling. Together this has meant great reductions in healthcare expenses.
The purpose of Gladsaxe’s long-term work on speed reductions, traffic safety and the construction of bicycle lanes has been to create safe roads for the citizens of the municipality.
Today, 94 per cent of the municipality’s roads are either 40 or 30 km/h low-speed zones or have bicycle lanes.
Fewer accidents and healthier citizens
At the same time, new calculations show that Gladsaxe Municipality has avoided an expenditure of 490 million DKK on healthcare in the period 1986-2014 – compared to this, the municipality’s investments in traffic reorganization, bicycle safety etc. has been around 180 million DKK in 2016 prices.
The economic gain has been around 310 million kroner – in part due to savings on healthcare and paid sick days compared to 1986. This means that an expenditure in excess of 10 million DKK has been avoided annually.
The reason is that there has been a decline in the number of injuries and in healthcare expenses, while increased bicycle traffic means better public health. Overall, in the period from 1986, 4,500 accidents which would have resulted in treatment in emergency rooms and hospitals have been avoided. Bicycle traffic has increased approximately 15 per cent from 2000.