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Anyone who has visited Copenhagen in Denmark will not have failed to notice the significant number of cyclists on the road (or is it the relatively low number of cars on the ‘cycling freeway’?).


This has everything to do with the way that cycling (and, conversely, cars) is assessed in potential investment projects for new bike lanes and/or roads in the city.


The administrators and leaders of Copenhagen city undertake a holistic/full cost-benefits analysis when deciding whether or not to construct new roads and/or cycle lanes.


They don’t just account for the expected cost of labour and materials (i.e., direct costs) in any potential construction; rather they also include such things as the cost to society of road accidents, the additional cost of car emissions, the health benefits of cycling, and more.


Should more city and national governments be encouraged to think in such a refreshing way?