It is six times more expensive for society – and for you individually - if you travel by car instead of cycling....according to a study by Stefan Gössling from Lund University and Andy S. Choi from the University of Queensland.
The study considers how much cars and bicycles cost society in terms of air pollution, climate change, travel route, noise, road wear, health and congestion in Copenhagen.
If the costs to society and the costs to private individuals are added together, the impact of the car is EUR 0.50 per kilometre and the impact of the bicycle is EUR 0.08 per kilometre. If we only look at costs/benefits for society, one kilometre by car costs EUR 0.15, whereas society earns EUR 0.16 on every kilometre cycled.
“The cost-benefit analysis in Copenhagen shows that investments in cycling infrastructure and bike-friendly policies are economically sustainable and give high returns”, says Stefan Gössling.
Publication: ‘Transport transitions in Copenhagen: Comparing the cost of cars and bicycles’
Press release dated May 12, 2015
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Contact: Professor Stefan Gössling, Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University +46 704 922634