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Bike Lanes Create Twice as Many Jobs as Road Repair Work

Old 01-19-11, 12:35 PM
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Bike Lanes Create Twice as Many Jobs as Road Repair Work

http://www.infrastructurist.com/2011...d-repair-work/

Bicycle advocates can point out many reasons to endorse the growing popularity of the transit mode, from environmental friendliness to the rise of walkable cities to efficiency during rush-hour traffic. Now they can add one more to the list: job creation.
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I think this can be misread as "bike lanes cost more than roads," which is not true. The article says that per Million Dollars spent on an infrastructure project, more jobs are created if that infrastructure project is a bike lane.


The reason for this difference, writes Garrett-Peltier, is that compared to road repair work, bike and pedestrian construction projects are more “labor-intensive,” meaning a greater share of the money goes toward human labor rather than toward materials.
It is interesting to see how few jobs are created by 1M of infrastructure project funding.
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Originally Posted by Robert C View Post
I think this can be misread as "bike lanes cost more than roads," which is not true. The article says that per Million Dollars spent on an infrastructure project, more jobs are created if that infrastructure project is a bike lane.




It is interesting to see how few jobs are created by 1M of infrastructure project funding.
Presumably it's because the actual material cost of bike lanes is virtually nothing.
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Of course this is the same thing as saying that bike lanes are very expensive. If labor isn't the #1 expense in a project, it's #2 or #3.
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I hear breaking windows creates jobs too.

I'd rather have the repair work. The longitudinal cracks and potholes in some of the bike lanes around here kinda defeat the purpose of the paint.
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Yes, if the road surfaces are going to be bad, I really don't want my maneuvering space narrowed by bike lane stripes.

Bike lanes also increase street sweeping jobs, according to the article I read in American Sweeper a few years back. Nice if you're a street sweeper, not so nice if you're just a taxpayer.
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Originally Posted by sggoodri View Post
Yes, if the road surfaces are going to be bad, I really don't want my maneuvering space narrowed by bike lane stripes.
I tend to view Class II cycling facilities as more of a suggestion than a requirement.
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Originally Posted by CritEastwood View Post
I tend to view Class II cycling facilities as more of a suggestion than a requirement.
Me too; too bad motorists and police don't.
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I was contacted by LE for riding out of the lane once. The lane in question was in disrepair and after I pointed that out, he agreed that my actions were correct and said he'd report it to the city's Street Department. It's been repaired.
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Bike lanes also increase street sweeping jobs, according to the article I read in American Sweeper a few years back.
But ... that would imply that bike lanes are being swept!
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Originally Posted by sggoodri View Post
Yes, if the road surfaces are going to be bad, I really don't want my maneuvering space narrowed by bike lane stripes.

Bike lanes also increase street sweeping jobs, according to the article I read in American Sweeper a few years back. Nice if you're a street sweeper, not so nice if you're just a taxpayer.
Do you work as a street sweeper, or do you just read very career-specific magazines on weekends? haha. I had no idea there was such a magazine.

Street sweeping is one of the biggest problems with some of our bike lanes here in Louisville. The bike lanes that are positioned to the left of the parking lane are such a blessing, but the ones located on the shoulders of streets without on-street parking are often useless because of all of the loose gravel, broken glass, etc.

Sadly, we're required to use the bike lane if it exists.

"If a bicycle lane is provided, it MUST be used whenever feasible." Although later on you can read "If there is on-road parking, a particularly narrow street, debris, or other hazards, you are allowed to claim as much of the lane as necessary to ride safely." I guess both sides are justifiable.
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Note the study was done in Baltimore. I think that's cool.
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