Bike Lanes Create Twice as Many Jobs as Road Repair Work


The reason for this difference, writes Garrett-Peltier, is that compared to road repair work, bike and pedestrian construction projects are more “labor-intensive,” meaning a greater share of the money goes toward human labor rather than toward materials. All infrastructure projects will create jobs, but when it comes to bang for your construction buck, cities might want to take a long look at bikes.

Makes sense as long as the only objective is in creating jobs.

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4 thoughts on “Bike Lanes Create Twice as Many Jobs as Road Repair Work

  1. Guest

    Not sure what to make of your comment.

    Makes sense if your objective is greatest job-creation for the money, improved accessibility, better health, reduced congestion, reduced emissions, a “green” label for your city, etc. In other words, it is just one more in a long line of arguments for bike/ped infrastructure not the only one.

    • Anonymous

      I’m all for bike paths…where they are wanted and will be used. No point in building bike paths just because they create more jobs if the bike paths will remain unused in the neighborhood.

  2. Bike lanes and bike paths are used if (a) they are safe, and (b) they are well-marked and/or intuitive as to where they are, where they go, and who can use them. It really doesn’t happen that bicycle facilities aren’t used, as long as they connect two or more places where people want to go.

    • I agree that “if you build, they’ll come” but at times, the culture of the place is resistant to bike culture. Portland, OR is lot friendlier than College Station, TX although as a college town, the latter ought to be a strong proponent of biking. The city does make an effort but it met with lot of resistance from the people in the city.

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