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Climate Change: Why speak up for cycling

Bicycling has multiple benefits. Among those—and the primary reason Bicycling Monterey has been provided as a public service since 2009— is that biking helps reduce the environmental impact of transportation, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions!

Transportation’s emissions in California and through the USA

The U.S. Congressional Budget Office reported (“Emissions of Carbon Dioxide in the Transportation Sector,” December 2022) that “Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation account for about 29 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest contributor of U.S. GHG emissions.

In California, the California Air Resources Board reported (“California Greenhouse Gas Emissions for 2000 to 2020: Trends of Emissions and Other Indicators, October 26, 2022) “The transportation sector remains the largest source of GHG emissions in the State. Direct emissions…account for 37 percent of statewide emissions in 2020….When upstream emissions from oil extraction, petroleum refining, and oil pipelines in California are included, transportation is responsible for about 47 percent of statewide emissions in 2020.”

Yes, cycling is an important part of reducing transportation’s GHG emissions, as the European Cyclists’ Federation emphasizes. “Cycling is one of the most sustainable and healthy means of transport that exists, yet cycling remains under-prioritized in the mobility mix in most places around the world and in the wider climate agenda,” says Jill Warren, ECF’s chief executive. That’s why Warren was at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28 in 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Learn more in the Forbes article linked below (“The Climate Mouse That Roars”).

The potential for cycling (and walking) to help address climate change is huge and within our grasp. —Jill Warren, chief executive of the European Cyclists’ Federation, in “The Climate Mouse That Roars: Cyclists Take On COP28” by Tanya Mohn

This post was published on 5 December 2023. One or more changes last made to this post on 29 February 2024.

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