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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Create Jobs

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood writes this about job creation resulting from pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects:
This week, a coalition of bicycling advocates introduced me to a new report showing that in Baltimore, MD, pedestrian and bicycle projects created nearly twice as many jobs per dollar spent than traditional road projects.

In this case-study, "Estimating the Employment Impacts of Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Road Infrastructure," the Political Economy Research Institute compiled data provided by the city of Baltimore. They found that on-street bike lanes and pedestrian measures created more direct jobs, more indirect jobs, and more induced jobs per dollar than either road upgrades or road resurfacing.
Read the rest on his blog here: http://fastlane.dot.gov/2011/01/new-data-adds-job-creation-to-the-many-benefits-of-bicycle-infrastructure.html#tp

I wonder if that will have any impact on future transportation spending. 

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