The environmental benefits of cycling

There are many environmental benefits of cycling. You can reduce your carbon emissions and air pollution.

environmental benefits of cycling

There are many environmental benefits of cycling.  You can reduce your carbon emissions and air pollution.

Sustainable transport is being given more focus by governments and manufacturers today.  Society is now more environmentally conscious.  Transport uses up huge amounts of non-renewable resources and releases large volumes of pollutants and greenhouses gases.

Many car manufacturers and organisations are developing alternative fuels that are less damaging to the environment, such as biofuels and electricity.  However, these are far from perfect at the moment.

So how can you travel today, and have a negligible effect on the environment? You can either walk or cycle.

Benefits of cycling:

There are many environmental benefits of cycling.  We will look at how you can reduce your greenhouse emissions and your air pollution.

Reduce your carbon emissions:

One of the biggest benefits of cycling is how much you can reduce your carbon emissions by.

Just think a litre of petrol creates about 2.3kg of CO2.  When you cycle you are emitting a negligible amount of CO2 (your fuel is the food you eat).  So if you were to cycle 10km each way to work, over the course of a year you could save about 1.3 tonnes of CO2.  Not to mention the health benefits of doing this.

The benefits of cycling to reduce carbon emissions really come into their own for short trips.  Most car journeys are less than 5 miles.  It can take 20 minutes to cycle this distance.  Cycling in cities is even more eco friendly as the stop-start for cars is very damaging.

Benefits of cycling for air pollution:

Transport releases more than just CO2 into the atmosphere.  Air pollution in our urban areas is a major health risk for us and it is harmful to the environment.

Air pollution is a big cause of premature deaths in urban areas.  A paper from the London Assembly (December 2012) showed up to 9% of deaths in London are caused by air pollution.

Cars are the biggest contributors of this air pollution.  Air pollutants formed by cars include:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Oxides of nitrogen
  • Sulphur oxides
  • Ozone forming substances
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Fine particulates

These are just pollutants that come from the tailpipe.  Materials used inside the car also increase air pollution.  Worn down tire particles, road surfaces and brake debris impact air quality.  By cycling you can reduce your contribution to air pollution.

I hope this article has shown you some of the benefits of cycling and inspires you to bike more.  A great website where you can buy high quality bikes and specialist cycles is Buy Buy Bicycles.

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