How Boosting Biking Could Improve London's Economy

A new study outlines the potential economic, environmental, and public health benefits of increasing cycling mode share in London, which has pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030.

December 7, 2021, 5:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


London Bikes

csp / Shutterstock

According to a report from Transport for the Quality of Life, tripling bicycle mode share in London would "save lives, create jobs and result in an annual economic dividend of $6.5 billion," in addition to environmental benefits and traffic reduction, writes Carlton Reid.

A TfL analysis from 2016 suggested that 3.1 million daily car driver trips and 1.6 million car passenger trips in London could be switched to cycling or walking. More than half of these trips are less than 3 kilometers in length, and it is often far quicker to cycle than to drive in Central London where motoring speeds have barely increased since the days of the horse and cart.

The city has pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2030, and boosting bicycling could help achieve that goal and create economic benefits. "Investment in cycleways was one of the best ways of creating jobs through infrastructure spend, more than any other infrastructure project aside from energy efficiency in buildings, reported the TUC’s 2020 study." But without additional funding, London's transportation system will have to make service cuts and end investment in active travel projects, says another report prepared for Transport for London's finance committee.

The report estimates that with robust government support and investment in infrastructure, cycling mode share could grow from 2 percent to 14 percent of trips by 2030. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 in Forbes

Stylized rendering of the Midwest Regional Rail Network

Federal Railroad Administration Proposes New Midwest Rail Network

If built, regional high-speed rail networks could provide an alternative to uncomfortable air travel and prevent travelers from becoming stranded at airports during extreme weather.

January 17, 2022 - The Urbanist

A silhouette of construction workers lowering larger numerals into place to form 2022.

Planning Trends to Watch in 2022

Building a framework of understanding for the year to come.

January 12, 2022 - James Brasuell

Houston, Texas

A Market Urbanism Manifesto

In his new book on market urbanism, Scott Beyer describes market urbanism and to compares it to the status quo.

January 11, 2022 - Michael Lewyn

U.S. Department of the Interior

Navajo Leaders: Renewable Energy Transition Must Account for Equity

Native American leaders in the Southwest want to ensure their communities have a voice, and an opportunity for well-paying jobs, in renewable energy projects on Native land.

January 19 - High Country News

Self-Driving Shuttle

Optimism for Autonomous Shuttles Despite Recent Setbacks

Two autonomous shuttle companies closed last week, but one industry observer sees reasons for optimism for the long-term viability of the still-speculative market.

January 19 - Forbes

Aurora, Colorado

Mobile Social Services Address Gaps in Suburban Colorado

In the Denver suburb of Aurora, nonprofits are using 'mobile public spaces' to reach refugees settling in the autocentric community.

January 19 - The Brookings Institution

Planner/Senior Planner

City of St. Marys

Planner

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger

Long Range Land Use Planner

PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Case Study posted on HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.