Electrically-assisted bicycles (e-bikes), if used to replace car travel, have the capability to cut car carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in England by up to 50% (about 30 million tonnes per year), The greatest opportunities are in rural and sub-urban settings: city dwellers already have many low-carbon travel options, so the greatest impact would be on encouraging use outside urban areas; There is scope for e-bikes to help people who are most affected by rising transport costs.
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Professor Nick Eyre from Creds told BBC News: “E-bikes give us an exciting new opportunity to reduce energy use and carbon emissions. They need to be part of the plan for the major investment we need in transport to get people moving safely again in ways that are economically and environmentally sustainable.” Critics could say that creating a major network of e-bike lanes would be expensive and sometimes not feasible. There will also be problems with bike theft – and of culture in places where there is little history of cycling. Professor Eyre said: “We know cycling is culturally dependent. There’s much more cycling here in Oxford than in Leeds, for example. It’s partly because Leeds is bigger and hillier, but it’s partly because in Oxford cycling is just something we do.”
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