Introduction to the Health Economic Assessment Tool for cycling
This guide is an introduction to the World Health Organization Health Economic
Assessment Tool for Cycling (HEAT for cycling). It is intended to be read alongside
the tool, which is available to download as an Excel spreadsheet (Rutter et al, 2007).
The tool has been produced to illustrate the principles outlined in the WHO document
Methodological guidance on the economic appraisal of health effects related to
walking and cycling (Cavill et al, 2007) and to assist anyone who wishes to conduct
an economic appraisal of the health effects related to increased cycling. It is
designed to complement existing tools for economic appraisals of transport
interventions which have traditionally tended to focus on other issues such as
emissions or congestion.
The tool will produce an estimate of the mean annual benefit (per cyclist; per trip; and
total annual benefit) due to reduced mortality as a result of cycling.