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Citation

Fishman E, Schepers P, Kamphuis CB. Am. J. Public Health 2015; 105(8): e13-5.

Affiliation

At the time of the study, the authors were with the Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Geoscience, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Elliot Fishman was also with the Institute for Sensible Transport, Melbourne, Australia. Paul Schepers was also with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Rijswijk, The Netherlands.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2015, American Public Health Association)

DOI

10.2105/AJPH.2015.302724

PMID

26066942

Abstract

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 11‚ÄČ000 deaths each year, and Dutch people have half-a-year-longer life expectancy because of cycling. These health benefits correspond to more than 5% 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. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print June 11, 2015: e1-e3. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302724).


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