#Bike lanes are a sound public health investment
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-costbenefit-bike-lanes-idUSKCN11Z23A Each $1.3K for NYC provides 1 additional QALY for city residents
….But perhaps non-riders benefit more than riders (who are at risk for injury) cc @dspakowicz
New study of the economics of adding more bikes to NYC (ironically published in the journal “injury prevention”).
Every $1,300 New York City invested in building bike lanes in 2015 provided benefits equivalent to one additional year of life at full health over the lifetime of all city residents, according to a new economic assessment.
That’s a better return on investment than some direct health treatments, like dialysis, which costs $129,000 for one
quality-adjusted life year, or QALY, said coauthor Dr. Babak Mohit of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York.
Painting unprotected bike lanes into roads may not reduce injury and death, she said.