Building Biking and Walking Infrastructure Creates More Jobs than Roads
Building bike lanes, paths and sidewalks creates more construction jobs than road projects. For each $1 million, cycling projects create 11.4 jobs. Therefore, investing $1 billion in cycling would create around 11,400 jobs in communities around BC.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts by the University of Massachusetts Political Economic Research Institute found that:
For each $1 million, the cycling projects in this study create a total of 11.4 jobs within the state where the project is located. Pedestrian-only projects create an average of about 10 jobs per $1 million and multi-use trails create nearly as many, at 9.6 jobs per $1 million. Infrastructure that combines road construction with pedestrian and bicycle facilities creates slightly fewer jobs for the same amount of spending, and road-only projects create the least, with a total of 7.8 jobs per $1 million.
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