Justifying investments in cycling infrastructure: 10 lessons learnt

CT Think
Publication date: 
January 2016

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Public bodies in England who wish to fund cycling infrastructure need to present a business case that justifies the investment. The idea of spending money to encourage people to cycle wasn’t central to public policy in the UK until quite recently. We therefore make the case for investment in cycling using an approach that evolved from the appraisal of more traditional transport projects, like highway improvements or new railway stations. The established techniques, such as the monetisation of travel time savings, don’t make it easy to demonstrate the value of implementing cycling policies.