How Cycling can Help us Achieve Emission Targets

By now most of our readers should be convinced of the benefits of buying a low-emission vehicle.  The question remains: exactly how low-emission should one go?

 

A new study suggests that if all Europeans (and Britons, we might add) cycled as often as the Danes, this would enable the European Union to slash emissions by 25%.  The study was conducted by the European Cyclist Federation.

 

The study found that the average motorist only had to cycle instead of drive his or her car for 2.6km a day to help the continent reach 25% of its emission reduction targets.

 

The findings support other recent studies that suggested that the European Union will not be able to achieve the targeted reductions by using technology alone.

 

The cycle study even took into account that cyclists will need extra calories, as well as the fact that the manufacturing process of cycles will also produce CO2 emissions.  Even after taking all of this into account, it was found that cycling will result in a 90% reduction in emission levels when compared to driving a car.

 

Benoit Blondel, the author of the report, said "The potential for cycling to achieve these targets is huge.  And with such little effort.  Getting more people on bikes is going to be a lot cheaper than say getting more electric cars on the road."

 

An interesting point to note is that e-bikes only have slightly higher emission levels than that of ordinary bicycles.

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