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UN Organisations Recognise Potential Of Cycling In High-Level Report
Aug 23, 2018

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Up to 435,000 additional jobs might be created if 56 major cities had the same cycling modal share as Copenhagen. This is evidenced by a publication from the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Policy recommendations include a range of fields that European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is actively working on: the integration of cycling into broader urban transport systems, monitoring cycling activity to inform future decision-making, effectively collecting and using information on the employment benefits of cycling, understanding the contribution of cycling to tourism and positioning cycling as a means of achieving multiple sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The study by the three world bodies also states that further research into the relationship between cycling jobs and modal share would greatly be facilitated by better and more consistent data collection.

The new report, with its focus on cities, complements and confirms earlier findings from the ECF study “Cycling works: Jobs and Job Creation in the European Cycling Economy”, which notably found that 650,000 jobs are linked to cycling in the EU as a whole already today and that more than 400 000 new jobs could be created if the modal share of cycling doubled.

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