Boosting local economies

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21 March 2014

Walking and cycling contribute towards economic performance by reducing congestion, supporting local businesses and high streets, direct job creation and supporting the leisure and tourism industry.

Central to the recovery of the economy is the movement of people and goods. Congestion is already a major barrier to efficient movement in many of our urban centres, and is predicted to increase as jobs and housing continue to grow.

Investment in efficient, modern and sustainable transport systems can help local economies thrive.

Five keys ways high quality walking, cycling and public transport provision can benefit local economies:

  1. Supporting growth without gridlock
    Congestion, often caused by short car journeys due to a lack of travel choice, costs business millions each year.
  2. Supporting local business and high streets
    Attractive, pleasant townscapes support local business and attract visitors and inward investment.
  3. Improving business productivity and reducing costs
    Promoting active travel in the workplace can help create a healthier, more productive workforce as well as reducing other business costs, such as parking.
  4. Creating vibrant places that attract skilled labour
    High quality places and spaces attract people to live, work, visit or study. Good quality sustainable transport systems enable people to move around efficiently and affordably.
  5. Creating and supporting jobs
    Investing in walking and cycling infrastructure creates and sustains jobs.

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