Nice piece on Buenos Aires bike lane politics & economics

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Nice piece on Buenos Aires bike lane politics & economics

Postby RobertFrith » Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:51 am

[url=smart Planet Article]http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/global-observer/the-upside-of-buenos-aires-bike-lanes-the-boon-to-business/12756?ftag=TRE4eb29b5&s_cid=e660&tag=nl.e660&ttag=e660[/url]

Most, if not all of the bike path advocacy we see in in aus is centered around the benefits of reducing pressure on roads and public transport. Economic benefits from passing trade are worth considering too. The density of Australian cities probably means we'd find less leverage but it seems a worthy addition to arguments for increasing cycle path k's in inner urban and CBD areas
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Re: Nice piece on Buenos Aires bike lane politics & economic

Postby find_bruce » Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:47 am

RobertFrith wrote:smart Planet Article

Most, if not all of the bike path advocacy we see in in aus is centered around the benefits of reducing pressure on roads and public transport. Economic benefits from passing trade are worth considering too. The density of Australian cities probably means we'd find less leverage but it seems a worthy addition to arguments for increasing cycle path k's in inner urban and CBD areas

Interesting article thanks Robert. I fixed the link for you
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Re: Nice piece on Buenos Aires bike lane politics & economic

Postby human909 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:11 am

I dislike articles like this that talk about boosting the 'economy' due to passing trade. It does not such thing all it does is shift expenditure from one sector (locality) to another. That said evidence supporting this change can still be used to help stop opposition from traders to the creation of bike routes.

The broader and bigger economic benefits of increased cycling come from reduced congestion cost, reduced reliance on more costly transportation and reduced health costs.
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Re: Nice piece on Buenos Aires bike lane politics & economic

Postby RobertFrith » Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:33 am

Sure, overall spending might not have changed but it is conceivable that local traders and local economies have benefitted at the expense of larger retailers. Profits from large retailers typically move interstate and overseas to their shareholders, profits from small retailers tend to stay closer to home.
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