The Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts recently released a report entitled: Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts.
For this study, researchers gathered data from departments of transportation and public works departments from 11 cities in the United States. Using detailed cost estimates on a variety of projects, they used an input-output model to study the direct, indirect, and induced employment that is created through the design, construction, and materials procurement of bicycle, pedestrian, and road infrastructure. Their findings indicate that more jobs are created per million dollars to create bicycle lanes than any other type of infrastructure building.
We encourage you to read the entire report, but if you can’t quite commit, we created this handy graph that does a good job of breaking it down.