Bike riders save economy $21 on each commute
31/07/2013 in Updates
The Fed Gov. knows bicycles can solve issues like parking, pollution of cities and obesity, but will it be business as usual…
“The federal government wants to increase the number of people who make short trips by foot or bicycle after a report card on the performance of Australia’s cities found rapid changes in the labour market would pose big challenges to transport infrastructure.
The economy benefits by more than $21 every time a person cycles 20 minutes to work and back and $8.50 each time a person walks 20 minutes to and from work, according to a policy statement released by Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday.
Mr Albanese said the construction of walking and riding paths was relatively cheap compared with other modes of transport. A bicycle path costs only about $1.5 million a kilometre to plan and build.
“We need to get more people choosing alternatives to the car”: Anthony Albanese. The government has agreed that, where practical, all future urban road projects must include a safe, separated cycle way.”
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