In 2020, one-third of all trips in North America will be made by bicycling and walking for all reasons ranging from personal health and environmental sustainability, to economic necessity and moral responsibility.
And according to the Bicycling and Walking in the U.S.: 2012 Benchmarking Report by the Alliance for Biking and Walking, the benefits of increased investment in bicycling and walking infrastructure can be a boon to the economy.
As economic recession has impacted communities across the nation, active transportation has emerged as a promising sector for growth and revitalization. Bicycling and walking projects create 11-14 jobs per $1 million spent, compared to just 7 jobs created per $1 million spent on highway projects. A series of case studies in 2010, examining the construction of U.S. bicycle and pedestrian facilities, found that such projects created between 218 and 1,050 new construction jobs.
Read more of the report's conclusions here.