Investing in active transport has a clear positive business case, as demonstrated by the following studies from the Australian Government, UK Government, Transport for London, Price Waterhouse Coopers and ARUP.
The economic analysis is summarised in Section 1.1 and detailed in Chapter 3:
Figure 3.1 summarises the factors:
Overall, infrastructure for walking and cycling is both beneficial and inexpensive, compare with other modes of transport:
The UK Government Department of Health published an economic assessment of investment in walking and cycling:
The report summary states that investment in walking and cycling delivers a benefit/cost ratio of 13:1, even up to 19:1 in the UK alone.
Transport for London
Transport for London has published a summary pack of the economic benefits of walking and cycling:
Including how walking and cycling benefits shopping streets:
Price Waterhouse Coopers
ARUP prepared a report for Victoria Walks showing that the Victorian state government can boost the economy by investing in walking infrastructure.