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31.03.2009 08:57 Age: 5 yrs
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Quiet, lean and clean


About half of all car journeys in urban areas are shorter than 5km and on such short distances a bicycle is, in most cases, the fastest means of transport. Bicycles need far less space than cars, they are quiet and - taking manufacturing into account - their CO2 emissions are very low. Many major cities are currently in the process of reinventing themselves as bicycle friendly cities. 

Mobility and transport is a very important part of our lives and it is forecast that personal transport will grow. Cars, trains, planes, motorbikes, public transport and bicycles are all part of our transport mix. 

To achieve a reduction of 40% of CO2 emissions by 2020 a country like Germany will have to reduce its emissions from transport by 15 million tonnes per annum. Technical innovations and higher energy efficiency will help to achieve these goals. If, however, 5% of all car journeys were done by public transport and 30% of all car journeys shorter than 5km were done by bicycle, 3 to 4 million tonnes of CO2 could be saved each year.

Our cities need to be re-designed and reinvented to make this shift and there are some excellent solutions already available ...

Barcelona offers www.bicing.com .

Paris has a very public and free love affair with www.velib.paris.fr .

Rome's citizens and tourists are now on bikes www.roma-n-bike.com 20 other Italian cities offer bicycle schemes).

In Milano bicycles are now a fashion statement www.bikemi.com.

Call a bike in Berlin, when you get off the high speed train Berlin - www.callabike-interaktiv.de. (The scheme is run by Deutsche Bahn and also available in Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich.)

The bureaucrats in Brussels will soon be seen on bicycles www.cyclocity.be

In Amsterdam live 750,000 people who own more than 600,000 bicycles and in

Copenhagen cyclists stick to the traffic rules and travel in style www.copenhagencyclechic.com .

Use your bike for the next short trip and you can make a real difference!

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