In order to advance local bicycle policies, arguments concerning the social advantages of bicycle policy are very important. Over time verification has occurred of many points in possible or necessary argumentations. First and foremost, of course: bicycle policy is effective, good for traffic safety and air quality, still has a lot of potential and meets many inhabitants’ wishes. See for instance Three myths about bicycle policies , Proof efficacy bicycle policy (Bewijzen voor effectiviteit fietsbeleid) and Promoting bicycle use: consequences for bicycle safety. In addition there are more specific arguments, for instance about the advantages of company bicycles (Company bicycle relevant for local traffic policies) and the importance of cyclists for retailers (Percentage cyclists in retail sales (Aandeel fietsers in winkelomzet)). And even about the advantages of bicycles in fighting congestion on highways (A10 West: the bicycle as alternative for ringroad drivers).
A good compilation of arguments is provided by the chapter ‘Waarom fietsbeleid zinvol is’ in Fietsberaad publication 9. Policy recommendations on bicycle traffic; survey of knowledge of bicycle policies. In Nordrhein-Westfalen a nice brochure has been published promoting bicycle policies as a means to attain a wide range of objectives concerning urban quality of life: Short trips and urban quality of life.
Short trips and urban quality of life
AGFS, P3 Agentur, Planerbüro Südstadt , AGFS
Brochure from Nordrhein-Westfalen emphatically discussing bicycle policy within the framework of ‘short trips’, closely linked to a large number of urban-quality objectives.
Bicycle policies: what is the yield?
Ron Hendriks , Fietsverkeer nr. 19
The social costs/benefits of bicycles can not easily be calculated. Apart from better health, substituting car trips for cycling provides advantages in other fields as well. For instance because cycling has hardly any environmental drawbacks. There is no study that covers all aspects, but adding up a number of substudies clearly demonstrates that the social profit is considerable. The question remains how this profit can be cashed.
Experience with mobility
Lucas Harms, Peter Jorritsma en Nelly Kalfs - Kennisinstituut voor Mobiliteitsbeleid (KiM) , KiM
To increase the insight in the experience aspects of mobility, a study to subjective experience with the use of car, bicycle and public transport was done. Which transport like the Dutch most, how do they judge the car, the bicyle and public transport, which feelings and emotions go along with them?
Evidence for effectiveness of bicycle policy
Derived from an historic study into the development of bicycle use, comparisons between municipalities and from the Fietsbalans, the following conclusion is reached: bicycle policy works, in the long term. [Fietsverkeer - 2003]
The Economic Significance of Cycling: A study to illustrate the costs and benefits of cycling policy
Stichting Habitat Platform, I-ce Interface for Cycling Experience en de VNG , VNG Uitgeverij
This report provides an overview of the costs and benefits of cycling and of how such calculations are made.