2015-11-12. Global shift to bicycling could save world trillions of dollars, 10 percent of transport emissions.

posted Feb 5, 2016, 10:34 AM by Alan Gould   [ updated Feb 5, 2016, 10:35 AM ]
By Kat Kerlin, UC Davis. For GSS Energy Use chapter 9. Excerpt: A dramatic global shift to increased cycling and electric biking, or e-biking, could cut energy use and carbon dioxide emissions from urban transport by up to 10 percent by 2050 compared to current estimates, while saving society nearly $25 trillion. That is according to a report by the University of California, Davis, and the New York-based Institute for Transportation & Development Policy. The report, “A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario,” takes a comprehensive look at the future of cycling for urban transportation. “This is the first report that quantifies the potential carbon dioxide and cost savings associated with a worldwide shift toward much greater use of cycling in urban areas,” said report co-author Lew Fulton, co-director of the STEPS Program within the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. ...Currently, cycling accounts for about 6 percent of urban trips worldwide, more than half of which occurs in China, Japan and a few European countries, like the Netherlands and Denmark. In the United States and Canada, only 1 percent of urban trips are by bicycle. According to the study, the right mix of investments and public policies can bring bikes and e-bikes to cover up to 14 percent of urban miles traveled by 2050 — ranging from about 25 percent in the Netherlands and China to about 7 percent in the U.S. and Canada. The potential is enormous when considering that typically more than half of all urban trips worldwide are less than 6 miles and potentially could be done by bike....  https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/global-shift-bicycling-could-save-world-trillions-dollars-10-percent-transport-emissions 0