Widely reported in the bike-news media is the recent Bicycle Account, a bi-annual report produced by the City of Copenhagen, Denmark. Inside this report is an interesting and somewhat startling set of numbers regarding the social and economic benefits of cycling:
When all these factors are added together the net social gain is DKK 1.22 per cycled kilometer. For purposes of comparison there is a net social loss of DKK 0.69 per kilometer driven by car.
Take a look at the League of American Bicyclists account by clicking here, where they discuss some of the particulars, or the Grist article that delves into what these numbers actually mean for the city.
Business Insider did a little math, and came up with some figures for the U.S. —
If the same rate of Americans commuted by bike as our friends in Copenhagen (35 percent), we’d have more than 109 million cyclists on the road.
At $0.42 earned for every mile biked, that means we’d contribute $46 million to the economy each day and nearly $17 billion in a year, most of which would be funneled back into the health industry.
Take a look at their full report by clicking here.