A recent study analyzing job creation data from Baltimore, Maryland says that building non-motorized infrastructure creates up to twice as many jobs than auto-based infrastructure projects.
The study, conducted by the Political Economy Research Institute, showed that pedestrian and bike infrastructure projects create 11 to 14 jobs per $1 million of spending while road infrastructure initiatives created seven jobs per $1 million of spending.
Studies such as this, supports the League's effort with its Center for 21st Century Communities program (21c3) and the recently enacted "Complete Streets" legislation which gives communities another tool in creating vibrant places.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail