Guidelines for Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investments in Bicycle Facilities

Principal Investigator(s):

Kevin Krizek, Former U of M Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Gary Barnes, Former U of M Researcher, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • David Levinson, Former U of M Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geo-Engineering

Project summary:

This project's goal is to develop guidelines for measuring traditional benefits associated with bicycle mobility improvement, such as diversion from auto use, improved cyclist safety, improved public health, and enhanced social and economic conditions; in addition, this research also aims to develop guidelines for the achievement of policy goals that are difficult to measure. Among these are benefits considered by policy makers in programming funds for transportation investments such as Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) New Starts Program and U.S. DOT's Enhancement Program. These goals include various desirable environmental benefits such as reduced fuel consumption, improved air quality, and better health, as well as land use goals such as the preservation of rail corridors, community beautification, and general aesthetic improvements.

Project details:

  • Project number: 2005075
  • Start date: 10/2003
  • Project status: Completed
  • Research area: Environment and Energy
  • Topics: Bicycling