Monday, August 9, 2010

Not Spending the Money that Doesn't Have to Be Spent

Bicycle commuting in European capital cities, from the Financial Times:

Chart: People cycling to work as a percentage of those who travel to work (or place of education) in Europe's capital cities in 2009

Imagine how much money Copenhagen saves for its people and the City itself with that extraordinary number of nearly 60% commuters on bikes. The same daily economic connections are being made, generating wealth, but at a fraction of the cost for infrastructure and energy due to less intensive means. If you were running a city like a business, wouldn't you want the same revenue at a fraction of the costs?