|Stefan Flügel, Anne Madslien
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The report documents a tool for demand and cost-benefit calculation for bicycle highways (BH). The tool is based on the willingness-to-pay for travel time savings and comfort improvements (reduced number of crossings and increased share of separated cycle path). The demand model is a numerical logit model that calculates in the first step transport mode choice (car/public transport) versus bike and in the second step between cycling on BH and cycling on the existing cycle paths. The tool also includes a simplified cost-benefit calculation where investment and maintenance costs are compared against the change in user benefits, health benefits and environmental benefits. We have calculated costs and benefits of 10 BH in Norway. For 6 of the bicycle highways, a positive net benefit is calculated with the given assumptions. Sensitivity analysis show that the results are very sensitive to changes in the underlying assumptions. With a conservative value on health benefits, only one BH (Stavanger- Sandnes) is economically beneficial.