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Cycling the city

Infographic | 29-05-2016
Cycling the city

Most trips begin and end in cities. Increasing demand for travel has led to severe congestion, poor air quality, undesirable levels of noise pollution and high levels of CO2 emissions, in many European cities. The European Commission has pledged its support to cities to promote sustainable modes of transport, such as cycling, walking and public transport, as well as clean and energy-efficient vehicles (European Commission, 2013).

In recent years, bicycle use has increased in many European cities. For short distances, bicycles tend to be the fastest mode of transport. Cycling can help relieve traffic congestion, car parking problems and air pollution, while providing social benefits such as health and liveability. Moreover, it is an inexpensive solution; bicycles are relatively inexpensive to buy and large parts of the infrastructure are already in place. Considering the fact that about half of all private car journeys and over half of all lorry trips in European cities are under five kilometres, there is significant room to improve the share of cycling (European Union, 2015c).

Source data

This infographic is based on the TEMS modal split database by the European Platform on Mobility Management (EPOMM). The modal split data for Amsterdam has been provided by Dienst Infrastructuur Verkeer en Vervoer (DIVV), Amsterdam. More information about the TEMS modal split database can be found here: http://www.epomm.eu/tems/index.phtml?Main_ID=2928

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