Cities all over the world are investing a lot of money into bike paths to serve the community. Residents are demanding safer and better biking possibilities both for commuting and for pleasure. Also, property development companies are taking note and creating bike-friendly residential complexes to attract new home buyers.
There are a lot of benefits that come about when these investments are made with cyclists in mind. There is a huge return on investment so it isn’t just for being nice that bike paths are being constructed. There is virtually no downside.
In this article, we will go over what the benefits are when a community has bike paths.
1 - It helps the economy
When it comes to job creation and building up local economies, a bike path network is just the ticket. Cyclists that can use their bikes to do their shopping and commute to work will spend money locally which creates good jobs in your area.
For instance, small businesses like bike repair and sales shops open up and are busy enough to hire a few employees. Not only that, but coffee shops and other restaurants will pop up to handle the locals on their bikes.
Car drivers who are commuting end up leaving town or bypassing it completely so no money is spent there. Yet, the roads will need to be repaired so money that could be used for other things ends up fixing roads for people that aren’t spending money.
Cyclists are also very passionate about things like sustainability and community so there are events that can be done for this group that also brings in a lot of local money. Music and art festivals are very popular in areas that have a big cycling culture.
2 - Savings
Towns and communities that see a lot more people riding bikes are saving money on things like road maintenance and building big parking lots. Bike paths cost far less to maintain as there is little impact on them. Roads are routinely getting damaged due to the heavy trucks and cars passing over them every day. In the winter, plows do a lot of damage that needs to be repaired every year.
3 - Safety
Fewer cars on the road lead to fewer accidents. In cities that don’t have bike paths, those numbers are much higher. Not only because there are more accidents involving other cars, but bicyclists are also vulnerable and are often in these accidents. Often, fatally.
Bike paths keep the cyclists off of the road and in their own dedicated lanes and are safer as a result.
4 - Greener
Fresh air is a big problem in cities with lots of car traffic. Smog and air pollution are a real threat to residents. When there are more people riding bikes, then the area has much fresher and cleaner air.
There is less fossil fuel being consumed so the world at large also benefits from fewer greenhouse gasses getting into the atmosphere.