Part of: Benefits of Cycling [Draft Version]

How can cycling bring economic benefits to our city?


Greater use of cycling in urban areas:

  • reduces energy costs
  • decreases the cost of transport infrastructure for municipalities 
  • reduces the consumption of natural resources 
  • creates economic dynamism in urban centers by encouraging flexible mobility


While only 10% of the world’s population can afford a car, an estimated 80% of people can afford a bike.

Economic Dynamism

Cycling encourages flexible mobility and shorter trips. It also encourages people to do more activities at city center. It offers an economically realistic form of transportation and recreation.

Cost Effective

Bicycle infrastructure is cost-effective for local governments. A roadway can carry seven to twelve times as many people per meter of lane per hour by bicycle as compared to by automobile in urban areas.


Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads

Safe Cycling Design Manual for Istanbul

BCRPA, 2011, Bicycle Facilities Design Course Manual​

Image 1 sourced from Active Transportation for America