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Making A Cycling Infrastructure Creates Jobs In Baltimore
January 12, 2011, 9:57 am
Filed under: Biking In Baltimore, News

A Cycling Infrastructure Creates Jobs

From Michael Dresser at the Baltimore Sun:

A study by a researcher at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, focused on projects in Baltimore, suggests that they payoff in terms of job creation from bicycle and pedestrian projects significantly exceeds that from work on road infrastructure.

In her paper, Heidi Garrett-Peltier concludes that bicycle-pedestrian projects such as hiker-biker paths and the creation of bike lanes yield 11-14 jobs per $1 million spent, compared with seven for road work.

The technical study, which can hardly be recommended as exciting reading, says that bicycle and pedestrian projects typically involve a  higher percentage of labor and engineering costs than spending on materials  when compared with road projects.

The study will come as good news for bicycle advocates, whose environmental case for  investment in hiker-biker infrastructure will now be bolstered by economic evidence. Whether that yields much investment in the current budget climate remains to be seen.

To read more from Michael Dresser at his blog, CLICK HERE.


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Another report released two years ago showed that mass transit projects is similar. I can’t help to feel like we are missing a golden opportunity here to create 21st Century infrastucture with the Stimulus monies.

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