A report produced by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and the University of California, Davis was published this week which outlines the improvements in CO2 emissions and cost savings that could be achieved through an increase in bike usage.

The report entitled “A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario: The Potential for Dramatically Increasing Bicycle and E-bike Use in Cities Around the World, with Estimated Energy, CO2, and Cost Impacts” shows that a world with a dramatic increase in cycling could save society US$24 trillion cumulatively between 2015 and 2050, and cut CO2 emissions from urban passenger transport by nearly 11 percent in 2050 compared to a High Shift scenario without a strong cycling emphasis.

The research was commissioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA).

Amongst their recommendations for governments were the following:

• Rapidly develop cycling and e-bike infrastructure on a large scale;
• Implement bike share programs in large- and medium-size cities, prioritizing connections to transit;
• Revise laws and enforcement practices to better protect people cycling and walking;
• Invest in walking facilities and public transport to create a menu of nonmotorized transport options that can be combined to accommodate a wide variety of trips;
• Coordinate metropolitan transport and land-use plans, so that all new investments result in more cycling, walking, and public
transport trips and fewer trips by motorized vehicles;
• Repeal policies that subsidize additional motor vehicle use, such as minimum parking requirements, free on-street parking, and fuel subsidies;
• Encourage cycling and active transport via pricing policies and information campaigns;
• Adopt policies such as congestion pricing, vehicle kilometers traveled (VKT) fees, and development impact fees to charge a price for driving that accounts for negative externalities;
• Dedicate fuel taxes, driving fees, and other transport-system revenues toward investment in sustainable transport.

You can read the full report here: https://www.itdp.org/a-global-high-shift-cycling-scenario/


  1. I must comment on the last couple of articles you have posted! I am not questioning the stories but the “Photos”. The absence of “Melon Lids” (helmets) is bothersome. A head injury can change your life forever!


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