Building Biking and Walking Infrastructure Creates More Jobs than Roads
Building bike paths, greenways and sidewalks creates more construction jobs than road projects.
In one study (page 42) requested by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AATHO), transportation enhancement projects including greenways, sidewalks and bicycle facilities created 17 jobs per million dollars invested. Therefore, investing $1 billion in cycling, walking and greenways could around 17,000 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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