Bicycles and liveable cities

Improving infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians benefits everyone and creates conditions for more liveable cities. Accommodating health-promoting active transport by widening pedestrian and bicycle paths and improving bus access can nearly halve the number of mishaps and noise level while improving transit times, employment, and opportunities for local businesses.

Cycling has the potential to improve the liveability of city centres. Studies have shown that initiatives that support active transport in urban areas decrease traffic mishaps while improving people movement and encouraging commerce and employment.

But cycling investments don't just benefit cyclists. Bus routes can run 10% faster and with greater punctuality, and traffic mishaps can be cut by 45%, as examples from Copenhagen show. What's more, improved road conditions encourage residents to increase their time outdoors, leading to increased active movement and associated health benefits. Greater public use of outdoor spaces benefits local commerce as well, increasing revenue for small businesses and creating employment opportunities. Everybody wins when active transport is prioritised.