I subscribe to the e-newsletter of 8-80 Cities, a great non-profit organization that I learned about from David Switzer of Long Branch. You can access the latest issue of the newsletter here. [Click on link in previous sentence to access the newsletter.]
In this post I will highlight an excerpt from one of the many great articles in the newsletter – an article about Copenhagen’s strategic planning for cycling as an integral part of city life.
Cycle super highways are good value
In the spring of 2012, Albertslundruten, Copenhagen’s first Cycle Super Highway was inaugurated as a test route of 17.5 km passing through the municipalities of Albertslund, Glostrup, Rødovre, Frederiksberg and Copenhagen. In total 28 Cycle Super Highways are planned, which together form a network of high-class bicycle commuter routes across 22 municipalities in the Capital Region.
An analysis of the socio-economic impact of the overall network of 28 Cycle Super Highways shows that over a 50-year period with an investment of just under DKK 1 billion, there is an expected economic gain to society of DKK 7.3 billion. This is equivalent to an internal rate of return on investment of 19%. The ministry of finance’s minimum requirement is 5% for infrastructure projects and compared with other investments in infrastructure, this is a very high return.
Especially the health benefits of the extra cycling are beneficial, as the people who cycle daily are expected to have a longer life expectancy on average. In addition, the increase in the number of people engaged in a more active form of transportation is expected to result in 34,000 less sick days per year.
Vimeo video – Copenhagen City of Cyclists
The above-noted excerpt from an 8-80 Cities newsletter article about cycling in Copenhagen has prompted me to locate an online video, Copenhagen City of Cyclists, which you can access here. [Click on link in previous sentence to access the video.]
It’s 3 minutes, 27 seconds long, which makes for easy viewing.
I’ve posted three videos to Vimeo of my own in recent years and look forward to posting many more.