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Valuing active travel: Including the health benefits of sustainable transport in transportation appraisal frameworks
World Transit Research
  • Corinne Mulley
  • Rob Tyson
  • Peter McCue
  • Chris Rissel
  • Cameron Munro
Document Type
Journal Article
Publication Date
1-1-2013
Keywords
  • Walking and cycling,
  • Active travel,
  • Social cost benefit analysis,
  • Infrastructure investment
Abstract

Sustainable transport investments linked to improving public transport or designed specifically to improve walking and cycling networks (for example, bicycle infrastructure) typically underestimate the contribution of these active travel modes. This is because the investment appraisal mechanism, social cost benefit analysis, lacks an agreed methodology or well defined parameter values for establishing the demand and the associated health benefits and costs of active travel.

Correcting for the acknowledged benefits of walking and cycling (including contributions to achieving physical activity targets and maintaining health) requires an appropriate framework and parameter values to allow these benefits to be captured in a robust and consistent manner. This paper proposes such a framework for the Australian context and a consequent weighted benefit of $1.68 per km (range $1.23–$2.50) for walking and a $1.12 per km (range $0.82–$1.67) for cycling that includes both mortality and morbidity changes resulting from a more active lifestyle. Investigation of the potential health costs associated with motorised travel and reduced physical activity requires further detailed research.

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Research in Transportation Business & Management

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/22105395

Citation Information
Mulley, C., Tyson, R., McCue, P., Rissel, C., & Munro, C. (2013). Valuing active travel: Including the health benefits of sustainable transport in transportation appraisal frameworks. Research in Transportation Business & Management, Article in Press, Corrected Proof.