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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

Cover of "A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario"
© Institute for Transportation & Development Policy; University of California, Davis

Cycling plays a major role in personal mobility around the world, but it could play a much bigger role. Given the convenience, health benefits, and affordability of bicycles, they could provide a far greater proportion of urban passenger transportation, helping reduce energy use and CO2 emissions worldwide.

This report presents a new look at the future of cycling for urban transportation (rather than recreation), and the potential contribution it could make to mobility as well as sustainability. The results show 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.

Download: 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 (Jacob Mason, Lew Fulton, Zane McDonald; Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and University of California, Davis; November 2015)


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18. November 2015

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