GCPH set out to calculate the lost of savings cyclists going to work in Glasgow would save the city annually in heath costs, the research body came up with the sum using the World Heath Organisations online tool. The sum calculated includes the reduced number of deaths due to the increased health benefits and doesn't take into account the amount saved in economic benefits the city would incur.
According to the GCPH the levels of cycling in and out of Glasgow have risen by 25% since 2009 figures. It is though this is attributed to the economic recession and improvements to the cycling infrastructure around the city.
GCPH researcher Fiona Crawford said: "These findings provide robust evidence that active travel contributes to a healthy population and a healthy economy".
"Regular cycling during day-to-day journeys is a great way to get some exercise. If 10% of all journeys were made by bike in Glasgow today as they are in Gothenburg, a Swedish city of a similar urban design and size, our population would be healthier and happier, as we know that regular physical activity is good for mental, as well as physical, health".
"We would also have cleaner air in our city as our streets would be less dominated by motor traffic".
She added: "Maybe it's time to prioritise investment in making our Scottish cities people-friendly places as it is becoming increasingly clear that this will boost liveability and economic vibrancy as well as improving population health".