|Cycling: It’s good for the body, good for the environment and, according to research, good for the community, too. According to Bikenomics: How Cycling Can Save the Economy, bike-friendly communities “save money, boost revenues and help the economy broadly and locally.”|
What’s more, people like biking. According to a Statistics Canada survey, cyclists say they would definitely prefer to bike to work than drive, if the conditions are right. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And the way involves becoming more bike friendly.
The benefits of being bike friendly
Whether your residents bike for fun, to lessen commute time or to better the environment, communities are seeing these benefits:
Being bike friendly
Now that you know just how much biking can contribute to your community’s health—both physical and economic—check out these ways to increase bike friendliness:
You can’t go wrong when it comes to promoting cycling in your community. It’s good for the body, good for the soul and good for your community’s bottom line. Will your agency be the next to take the challenge?
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