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If we all biked like the Dutch, world would avoid a Germany’s worth of emissions

If we all biked like the Dutch, world would avoid a Germany’s worth of emissions

The Netherland is famous for many things, but probably nothing says ‘Dutch’ like their love for bikes. The Dutch use bicycles to move around more…

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The Netherland is famous for many things, but probably nothing says ‘Dutch’ like their love for bikes. The Dutch use bicycles to move around more than in any other country, cycling an average of about 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) a day. If the whole world biked as much, over 680 million tons of CO2 emissions could be avoided every year, a new study found.

We knew that cycling is good (both for you and for the environment), but it’s good to put it into perspective. If the whole world would adopt an active cycling lifestyle (which of course, is a big ask), we’d cut down the rough equivalent to the annual emissions of Germany — or one-fifth of CO2 emissions from passenger cars globally.

Implementing more cycling into the global transport sector is more important than ever. Global transportation currently accounts for one-quarter of global emissions. Half of that is from passenger cars, whose demand is expected to grow three times by 2050, raising emissions. “Dating back to the early 19th century, bicycles have a longer history than motorized cars. Nonetheless, they play a marginal role in transport in most world countries,” the researchers wrote in their paper. “This indicates a substantial untapped potential of increasing cycling trip shares worldwide to reduce transport related GHG emissions.” Bikes and greenhouse gas emissions

As they seek to clean up their transport sector, governments and companies have turned towards electric vehicles , with almost seven million units sold last year. Vehicle sales are regularly […]

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