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“One mile on a bike is a $.42 economic gain to society, one mile driving is a $.20 loss,” quotes Grist.
At least if that society is Copenhagen. Here’s how they figure it in their biannual Bicycle Account:
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. …
Which means that Copenhagen, a city of 1.2 million people, saves $357 million a year on health costs because something like 80 percent of its population commutes by bicycle. That’s $300 per person per year.
Clearly, the reason the new Danish minister of the interior said she’d “rather invest in cycle tracks than freeways,” is that only one of those has a positive return.
The a$#&^% biker problem: Why it’s hard to share the road. That sums it up pretty much – but Scott Carlson has a few more words at Grist.
TOO MUCH SUCCESS
Are Bikes Becoming Too Popular in DC? Katie Rogers reports on Washington D.C.’s struggles with a burgeoning bicycle culture, as incidents of accidents, harassment, and intimidation rise.
The runaway success of the Capital Bikeshare program, Washington D.C. has seen a rapid rise in the size of its bicycle user population, which surged by more than 20% from 2010 to 2011, according to rush-hour counts conducted by the District Department of Transportation. As Rogers reports, that surge has brought with it some growing pains for the city at large, as officials, police, motorists, and bike riders alike adjust to the need for an already congested city to share the road with bicycles
Sheldon Brown has an appropriately American reponse.