How to save a lot of public money

Cycle training in Sheffield saves £300,000 for an investment of £45,000

The Pedal Ready cycle training scheme in Sheffield has just trained its 1000th local cyclist, a woman who had not ridden a bike for 28 years but now cycles to work every day. The local government in Sheffield estimate that the saving in cost of healthcare and traffic congestion from the scheme so far is £300,000. The cost of training the first 1000 citizens was £45,000, the same as building 1 metre of highway. The personal saving for the 1000th cyclist was reducing a 30 minute bus ride to 9 minutes cycling.

Amazing value for money. Read more in an article by Martin Wainright in The Guardian

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