DEBATE: Bicycle Fund’s Veterinary Research is a short-term downgrading of the already ailing cycling harmful to both human health and the environment. It writes a number of municipalities in community with the message of continuing government support.
“I’m so glad my bike,” sings children across the country, but much remained Unfortunately, when we look at the use of the two-wheel.
In Denmark, cycling declining and has been so for 20 years. Only in the capital and some of the larger cities succeed one to break the curve.
Falling prices of fuels and cars means that there has never before been so many cars in Denmark. Therefore, there is a clear need for investment in cycling infrastructure and cycling promotion activities in small and large cities, it is both in the State, regions, municipalities and citizens’ interest to turn things around.
There is strong economic gains by getting the Danes in the saddle. And this is best done by giving cyclists attractive terms.
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Cycling deserve a high priority
The obvious solution is that local and national government together to invest in the area.
Therefore, it is a step in the wrong direction to drop the national cycling pool, which otherwise until last year has made a huge difference in local government work to improve conditions and make it inviting to cycle to and from the car.
This downgrading of cycling will have major consequences for the many positive ways, cycling contributes to our society.
This applies both with regard to improving public health, minimizing congestion and of course reduce pollution from cars when we make it easy to replace the car with the bike.
The interaction is important when we have to Danes to leave the car and jump up on the bike.
The investment pays off
Incentives for municipalities to invest in asphalt for cyclists is considerably smaller than the state. Economic analyzes of a full fledged network of Super Bike Trails in Capital Region shows that the municipalities by pure municipal finance will experience a deficit, while the state will have a significant surplus seen over 50 years.
This is because the health benefits of increased cycling primarily receipts out of the region and the state. Only at 80 percent government financial capital expenditures, investments amount to gains for State and municipality.
Lets municipalities simply cycle track decay, fewer cycling and more likely to sit in the car.
Here they waste time waiting in traffic, wasted time which is expensive for society.
Cyclists know that there are good economic sense to take the bike instead of the car. The same is true for the economy. Nationally, the economic advantage of cycling significantly higher than for cars.
The analyzes show that, for example super cycle tracks overall in a high socio-economic return of 19 percent and a surplus of 7.3 billion. Much of the Ministry of Finance demands a return of at least 5 percent for investments in infrastructure projects.
This represents investment in the future, as in the degree pays off. One can ask oneself whether we and the government can afford not to.
Need an active state
In Copenhagen cycled a lot, and it’s really positive. Unfortunately, the share of cyclists significantly in most of the rest of the country. Both the Esbjerg and Aalborg, we experience this sad development.
It looks different in the Netherlands, we can learn much from. If you look for example at the Amsterdam region, remains bike share high, also in suburban and rural districts outside the city center.
The Netherlands benefits from the state plays a more active role in planning the infrastructure, and it affects cycling positively.
The active state role in the Netherlands has led to a higher and more stable level of investments across municipal borders and better coherence in infrastructure. We have also needed at home.
In Denmark, local authorities must attempt to accomplish this task, and it will cyclists suffer now that is not allocated government fund to co-finance cycling initiatives.
All things being equal, it will mean an even larger decline in the proportion of cyclists.
The bikes must into several pools
However, there are points of light. The pool for public transport is maintained, and here, a sizeable portion hopefully be a priority for the super bike paths and bicycle parking in connection with public transport.
Will we get the people to take the green modes of transport for themselves, there will be more road space for the necessary commercial traffic, while the environment and public health are developing positively.
Similarly, Transport Minister Hans Christian Schmidt (V) opened negotiations on the billion kroner, which is available in the Infrastructure Fund.
One billion kroner is not much money for infrastructure improvements throughout Denmark. In a large bet on the bikes will get most of the money and the opportunity to diversify investments to cities throughout the country.
Also the pool “Improving access to public transportation” of one billion kroner has the potential to upgrade among other bicycle parking at DSB’s stations, where today there is a significant backlog.
It requires political will from the government and the parties to the agreement, the cycling should feel a noticeable effect of these crowns, and probably sounds a billion of much, but we have to wait and see what accrues to an area that can certainly be classified as needy.
The good development does not happen by itself
It does not mean that a government side lower priority to cycling by cutting funding opportunities. It will simply leave too big a gap in the future development of the regional cycling.
In the worst case, the proportion of cyclists fall to an unacceptable level, which will require significant resources to correct.
Every day trills over 100 new electric bicycles out on the street. Experts expect that 20 percent of all bicycles in Denmark a few years, electric bicycles, one could recently read in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
It is positive that people choose elcyklen and using it to commute longer distances, thus becoming the bike really an alternative to the car.
The development requires also that we ensure that our bike paths across municipal boundaries are intact and consistent. Here’s Super Cycle tracks an extremely important basis doubly if we have to support the healthy development.
A bicycle pool helps to focus on the promotion of cycling, and actually investing municipalities in this way significantly more than the state.
A bicycle pool requires local bike action and is thus an important catalyst for many municipalities that would not do much to cycling.
Bicycle pool also means that projects are actually evaluated, so that knowledge comes all others for good