Wednesday, 10 June 2015
“Cities that actively promote physical activities” (that’s walking and cycling, folks) “enjoy an economic advantage”
That’s the BBC headline covering a new report on “Active Cities”, a meta-study based on research findings from 17 countries. One of the key findings is that, based on studies that assessed the economic benefits of walking and cycling interventions, the average return was £13 for every £1 invested. In the UK, the return was shown to be as high as £19. Here’s a link to the executive summary of the study.
And here’s a snip from the report, covering the wide range of benefits that are generated for cities where physical activity is more attractive and convenient. Including the economic benefits.
Source:Making the Case for Designing Active Cities (2015) Report prepared by James F. Sallis, PhD, Active Living Research, University of California, San Diego Chad Spoon, MRP, Active Living Research, University of California, San Diego