Boosting cycle use in England “could be worth as much as £6bn annually by 2025 in health benefits alone”, according to research from two universities.
The research was commissioned by CTC, the national cycling charity, and carried out by two researchers from the University of Leeds and University of Cambridge.
Dr Robin Lovelace, of the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, and Dr James Woodcock, of Cambridge University, have released the preliminary findings of a study to quantify the health benefits of cycling if Government meets targets proposed by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s “Get Britain Cycling” inquiry in 2013.
The study suggests that health benefits could rise to £25bn annually by 2050, “but only if much more money is spent on cycling now”. It calls for more investment in “better infrastructure, training and projects such as the Cycle Share scheme in London”.
The pair of academics say that “further significant benefits, which are still being quantified, would come from reduced congestion, pollution and greenhouse emissions”.