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Main Title: Provisional COVID-19 infrastructure induces large, rapid increases in cycling
Author(s): Kraus, Sebastian
Koch, Nicolas
Type: Article
Abstract: The bicycle is a low-cost means of transport linked to low risk of transmission of infectious disease. During the COVID-19 crisis, governments have therefore incentivized cycling by provisionally redistributing street space. We evaluate the impact of this new bicycle infrastructure on cycling traffic using a generalized difference in differences design. We scrape daily bicycle counts from 736 bicycle counters in 106 European cities. We combine these with data on announced and completed pop-up bike lane road work projects. Within 4 mo, an average of 11.5 km of provisional pop-up bike lanes have been built per city and the policy has increased cycling between 11 and 48% on average. We calculate that the new infrastructure will generate between $1 and $7 billion in health benefits per year if cycling habits are sticky.
Subject(s): urban planning
active travel
generalized difference in differences
Issue Date: 13-Apr-2021
Date Available: 11-Jan-2022
Is Part Of: 10.14279/depositonce-12803
Language Code: en
DDC Class: 330 Wirtschaft
333 Boden- und Energiewirtschaft
Journal Title: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Publisher: National Acad. of Sciences
Volume: 118
Issue: 15
Article Number: e2024399118
Publisher DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2024399118
EISSN: 1091-6490
ISSN: 0027-8424
TU Affiliation(s): Fak. 6 Planen Bauen Umwelt » Inst. Landschaftsarchitektur und Umweltplanung » FG Ökonomie des Klimawandels
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