TEPR Projects: cycling and cycling jobs
Increasing the modal share of cycling has multiple potential benefits. For the individual, there are the potential health benefits from regular active travel. In urban areas, if a significant proportion of motorised trips can be replaced by cycling trips, more cycling can contribute to better air quality and lower CO2 emissions and noise from transport. In return, urban areas can be designed as places for people, thus improving the quality of life for all.
Local authorities have the potential to take a proactive approach to delivering the benefits associated with cycling by learning from good practice elsewhere.
TEPR is currently supporting a project for the European Commission to develop guidelines to support local authorities in the EU with the implementation of cycling measures and infrastructure. It involves a review of existing guidelines, as well as a number of city case studies. TEPR is responsible for the case studies on Copenhagen, Brussels, La Rochelle and Brighton.
Investing in cycling also has the potential to increase the number of jobs associated with cycling. These jobs, and the skills needed to do them, can be varied.
Ian Skinner of TEPR has undertaken work on the jobs associated with cycling, and with walking and public transport more generally, for UN Environment, WHO and UNECE, in the context of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan European Programme (THE PEP):
- Riding towards the green economy: cycling and green jobs, which involved a review of methodologies used to assess the number of jobs associated with cycling, engagement with cities and regions around Europe, and quantitative analysis. This will be published in November 2017.
- Unlocking new opportunities: Jobs in green and healthy transport, which was based on a literature review and some simple statistical analysis.