2nd February 2021
A new research paper by academics at the University of Westminster shows economic benefits of £724 million for £80 million spent on active travel, reports Cycling Industry News.
The study by Professor Rachel Aldred, Dr James Woodcock and Dr Anna Goodman focused on Mini Holland schemes in Outer London, and involved 3,000 people.
Living close to a Mini Holland (Kingston, Enfield or Waltham Forest) resulted in more physical activity, improved fitness and fewer days off work.
Many respondents met or exceeded TfL's target of 140 minutes of active travel per week.
The economic benefit was calculated on the basis of 20 years of that physical activity, factoring in health, and transport efficiency improvements.