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If everyone cycled...

Posted on 13 Dec 2018

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Today, the EU transport sector is the biggest greenhouse gad emitting economic sector, exceeding the 1990 emission levels by 20% and accounting for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

The European Cyclists Federation (EFC) made it very clear recently, that cycling is able to contribute to stopping climate change.

"Achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emission by 2050 through a socially-fair transition in a cost-efficient manner".

The EFC, welcomes this goal, viewing it as a key sentence in the European Long-Term Climate Strategy.

250 million Europeans cycle, however more cyclists are needed to achieve the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In order to this, apparently the number of cyclists need to quadruple to 1000 cyclists.

"This could reduce CO2 emissions by 555 million tonnes by 2050. This is roughly equivalent to the CO2 emission of the whole of the UK and Ireland combined for 2015".

This is to say that quadrupling the number of cyclists in the EU can reduce the CO2 emission by a level that the 71 million inhabitants of the UK and Ireland are responsible for.

Not only this, but, the quality of living will be improved through a reduction in air pollution, noise and accidents.

There is the need to put the bicycle industry at the core of sustainable development in order to protect the environment and better the cities around the world.