UN - cycling is the most healthy means of transport

A United Nations Research reveals that the use of the "two wheels" would lead to the creation of 76,000 new jobs and would save the lives of at least 10,000 people. The case of Copenhagen.


  That it is healthier for humans there is no doubt: more physical movement and less pollution is under everybody's eyes. But that cycling would lead to the creation of new jobs, almost 76,000 is a big news. To say this is a report prepared by the UNECE, Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations, which for the first time translates the model of the "green economy" which is not only a positive impact on the health of the inhabitants of the earth but also has a favorable impact in terms of employment and economic profits. If the inhabitants of major European cities, go cycling as in Copenhagen or Amsterdam, the two-wheeler sector, every year may create, as mentioned, 76,000 new jobs. This new mobility would save the life of at least 10,000 people due to increased physical activity and the reduction of road accidents, noise and smog.


The study, conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization, was presented in Paris at a meeting of ministers of transport, health and environment. "These areas are closely related to each other and make them sustainable is a major challenge for Europe" said Eva Molnar, Director of UNECE Transport Division. "The reduction of the impacts of traffic and congestion would result immediately in a better quality of life for the citizens" It would also benefit the economy by creating new job opportunities and the reduction of overall costs arising from environmental and health damage caused by transportation, which can weigh up to 4% of the GDP of a country.


So why not copy Amsterdam or Copenhagen? In these cities a quarter of the population moves by bicycle, by taking off the economic activities related to the sale and repair of bicycles, as well as all of the induced field of accessories and fashion of urban cyclists.


In the Danish city, for example, a planning strategy called Plusnet has been applied to a road, with the aim of bringing an additional 50,000 people to use the bike for commuting in the city. They call it "slow mobility", the integration between "new" and "old" with the upkeep and maintenance of the old paths as the basis for the construction of new bike paths and crossings in order to secure mobility and comfort for cyclists. This type of strategy has brought various benefits to the city: environmental, with the reduction of noise pollution and air pollution (CO2 emissions equivalent to 90,000 tons / year); social benefits, with reduced health costs / cyclist equal to 1 $ / km route; benefits in economic activity, because by reducing travel times of workers, the economic productivity in companies increases .


source: ilcambiamento.it