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European Bicycle Economy Creates 650,000 Jobs

Europe’s bicycle economy already employs 650,000 people, more than mining and quarrying and nearly twice as many as steel, and could account for a million jobs by 2020, The Guardian reports.

“You know that investing in cycling is justified from your transport, climate change, and health budgets,” said Kevin Mayne of the European Cyclists’ Federation. “Now we can show clearly that every cycle lane you build and every new cyclist you create is contributing to job growth.”

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Julian Scola of the European Trade Union Confederation called for investment in a wider range of transportation infrastructure, including cycling. “This report is another example of the way that a transformation to a green, low-carbon economy can create jobs with the appropriate investment,” he told Neslen.