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New report highlights role of cycling to meet UK net zero targets

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A new report by The Bike Storage Company has explored how cycling can help meet decarbonisation targets across the UK.

The Role of E-Bikes in Decarbonising Transportation report looks at how cycling help meet net zero targets, the importance of electric bikes, which towns and cities are making most progress with modal shift to active travel, as well as the environmental impact of bikes and e-bikes.

The report says: “Decarbonising our daily journeys should be a priority for everyone.

“According to Decarbonising Transport – A Better, Greener Britain, journeys below five miles represented 58% of all private car journeys in 2019. These are the most obvious opportunities to switch to cycling and walking, which could result in a 68 MtCO2e reduction in current car emissions.

"But when the Government announced their first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, it looked very unlikely that the aim of doubling cycling by 2025 was achievable."

Then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

In 2020, cycling rose by 46%.

The report adds: “This increase was greater than across the whole of the previous 20 years and easily the biggest increase in post-war history.

“The growing number of cyclists sparked a national conversation on transport and proved that a low-carbon commute was possible for many.”

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