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Achieving sustainable development: Can cycling deliver?

Achieving sustainable development: Can cycling deliver?

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China adopts law against foreign sanctions Wang Yi: China, ASEAN are sincere friends with mutual trust, reliance G7: U.S. President Biden holds talks on ‘Atlantic Charter’ with UK Cyclists ride in urban Beijing. /VCG Editor’s note: Alexander Ayertey Odonkor is an economic consultant, chartered financial analyst, and chartered economist with an in-depth understanding of the economic landscape of countries in Asia and Africa. The article reflects the author’s opinions and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

Cycling is an indispensable component of any development strategy designed to foster sustainable development. In a nutshell, cycling is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable; all these elements are vital for achieving sustainable development. Considered to be a low-impact aerobic exercise, cycling improves mental and physical health; enhances mobility, occupies little space and is less destructive to the environment as compared to vehicles and other forms of transportation.

In spite of the many benefits of cycling, this sustainable form of transportation, which is suitable for short and medium-distance trips, has been underutilized in many parts of the world. This has contributed substantially to high carbon emissions from vehicles, specifically sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), which are the most patronized around the world.

Excerpts from the World Energy Outlook 2020, a flagship publication of the International Energy Agency (IEA), show that even though global energy-related carbon emissions declined by 7 percent in 2020 as a result of COVID-19, which is the largest drop in history, carbon emissions from SUVs soared. Although lockdowns and other COVID-19 protocols have limited the […]

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