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European Cyclists’ Federation Calculates Benefits of Cycling

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BRUSSELS, Belgium – The ‘Cycling Economy’ report clearly shows that the benefits of cycling occur not only in specific, isolated fields like transport or environmental policy, but in many other areas where the EU has competences as well, like industrial policy, employment, health and social policy. According to the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) who published the report, the current economic benefits of cycling are huge and over 500 billion euro for the EU 28.

European Cyclists’ Federation Calculates Benefits of Cycling
‘The cycling economic benefits are spread over a wide range of fields,’ states ECF. – Photo ECF

“The economic potential is important as cycling modal share today is way below its mid-20th century levels in most EU countries,” states ECF. “The cycling economic benefits are spread over a wide range of fields making the case for cross sectoral strategies on cycling at local, national or EU level. Unfortunately the lack of data prevents research to explore many other cycling related economic benefits”

Extended and updated version

This report is ECF’s second calculation of the internal and external benefits of cycling linked to the current level of cycling in the EU-28. It is an extended and updated version of the first report published in 2013. The calculations have the latest available figures. In some cases, the methodologies for calculating the benefits have been refined taking into account the feedback received. Summing up the calculated and estimated benefits of cycling in all these sectors, the ECF arrives at the following aggregate figures:

  • Environment & climate 15.5 bn euro
  • Economy 63 bn euro
  • Social affairs 50 bn euro
  • Energy & resources 3 bn euro
  • Technology & design 20 bn euro
  • Mobility 30 bn euro
  • Health 191 bn euro
  • Time & space 131 bn euro
  • Diversity of cultures 10 bn euro

“An integrated EU cycling strategy that includes these fields and considers cycling in all relevant policy areas will therefore enable the whole EU to reap these benefits in the future, including the countries which currently have low rates of cycling,” concludes the ECF. “The aim of this report is also to encourage further research on the subject in order to draw a more precise picture of the economic benefits of cycling in the future.”

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