Do Bike-Ped Projects Create More Jobs than Road Projects?

Bike-ped construction projects may result in more jobs than road projects. Image – Transportation Issues Daily.

Last year, a research report indicated bike and pedestrian projects create more jobs than those for cars only. I was reminded of this when writing a recent story, “One Dollar Invested in Transportation Can Return Up to Eight Dollars.”

Smart Growth America reported at the time:

A new report from the Policy Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that public investments in pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure – including sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails – create more jobs per dollar spent.

The report finds that bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects create significantly more jobs than infrastructure projects for cars alone. According to the study, bicycle projects create 11.4 jobs for every $1 million invested — 46% more than car-only road projects. Job creation potential decreased as infrastructure dedicated to automobiles increased:

“Pedestrian-only projects create an average of about 10 jobs per $1 million, and multi-use trails create nearly as many, at 9.6 jobs per $1 million. Infrastructure that combines road construction with pedestrian and bicycle facilities creates slightly fewer jobs for the same amount of spending, and road-only projects create the least, with a total of 7.8 jobs per $1 million.”

So far as I know, no one has debunked that study.