Report: Cycling Could Save Cities $25 Trillion

May also reduce CO2 emissions by 10 percent

“This report demonstrates that if more governments followed good examples like the Netherlands or Denmark to make their cities better for cycling, we’d see huge benefits from lower carbon emissions, hugely reduced costs in transport infrastructure, and potentially safer, healthier places.” (Tejvan Pettinger / Flickr)

A new report suggests that transportation cycling could save cities around the world a total of $25 trillion and reduce CO2 emissions by 10 percent within the next 35 years, according to VeloNews. The summary of the report, published on Thursday by University of California, Davis, noted the importance of these findings in upcoming climate change negotiations. 

Researchers funded by the European Cyclists’ Federation, the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association, and the International Cycling Union (UCI) examined data on CO2 emissions, the number of cyclists and e-bikers, and the cost of public maintenance related to car and transportation use in major urban cities across several countries.

“This report demonstrates that if more governments followed good examples like the Netherlands or Denmark to make their cities better for cycling, we’d see huge benefits from lower carbon emissions, hugely reduced costs in transport infrastructure, and potentially safer, healthier places,” UCI president Brian Cookson told VeloNews.

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