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Switching From Cars to Bikes Cuts Commuting Emissions by 67%

Travel emissions would fall significantly even if only a small percentage of citizens chose two wheels over four.

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Small changes in citizens’ transport habits can significantly cut their carbon footprint, according to an in-depth study of commuting data from more than 3,800 people across seven cities. 

Choosing a bike over a car just once a day reduces an average citizen’s carbon emissions from transport by 67%, according to research led by University of Oxford transport professor Christian Brand. The findings mean that even if not all car trips could be substituted by bicycle trips, the potential for decreasing emissions is still very high.