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Cycling saves UK economy £1million per day

Posted on in Business News, Cycles News, Outdoor News

Health benefits from walking and cycling have saved the UK more than £7bn over the past 20 years - around £1million per day - says research by Sustrans.

The charity behind the National Cycle Network believes this research should encourage the Government to increase its investment in walking and cycling.

The National Cycling Network launched by Sustrans in 1995 has seen a growing network of cycling and walking routes which helps the UK economy save £1m a day.

Sustrans estimates that almost 30 million car trips are replaced annually by people using the National Cycle Network. Last year, 4.9 million people made 764 million trips by bike and foot on the routes.

In 2013/14, 47% of people walked and 3% cycled at least five times a week, according to Department for Transport statistics.

"The figures speak for themselves - we have demonstrated beyond doubt that many more people walking and cycling is good for our health, and it's smarter for our economy," notes Shepherd.

An additional £200m a year in absenteeism costs has been avoided as well as 30 million kg's of carbon emission.

The health benefits cited by the charity, include reduction of obese or overweight people and lower levels of pollution. Exhaust from diesel vehicles is the primary source for toxic particulate matter polluting the air.
By increasing the number of foot, bike and public transport journeys twofold could save the national economy £110bn over the next 30 years, the report estimates.

Sustrans has sought a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy that would require ministers to set targets and assign 5% of the transport budget for walking and cycling.

"To make walking and cycling local journeys an option for everyone we need the new government to provide funding for cycling and walking to be equivalent of five per cent of the transport budget," Malcolm Shepherd, chief executive of Sustrans said.

In 2003, London had imposed a congestion charge on motorists entering the city, this led to an increase in cyclists by 30%.

Many cities across the globe have taken initiatives to popularise cycling and have introduced bike lanes. Cities in the US like San Diego have recently notched an impressive 620 mile network, while San Francisco comes first for total cycling miles per square mile with 7.8.

The city of Copenhagen spends around 25% of its road budget on bicycle infrastructure, with around 397km of cycle paths and 35,000 bike parking stations. Around 90% of the residents own a bike, which is seen as a symbol of personal energy. Moreover, the cycling capital of the world, The Netherlands has numerous streets that are car free.

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