Dutch Cycling: Quantifying the Health and Related Economic Benefits

E Fishman, P Schepers, Carlijn Kamphuis

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The Netherlands is well known for their high bicycle use. We used the Health Economic Assessment Tool and life table calculations to quantify the population-level health benefits from Dutch cycling levels. Cycling prevents about 6500 deaths each year, and Dutch people have half-a-year-longer life expectancy because of cycling. These health benefits correspond to more than 3% of the Dutch gross domestic product. Our study confirmed that investments in bicycle-promoting policies (e.g., improved bicycle infrastructure and facilities) will likely yield a high cost-benefit ratio in the long term.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)E13-E15
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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