Pandemic bike boom paves way for greener streets

Climate Cast


The cove in nineteen pandemic has changed so much so fast one change for the better a dramatic drop in air pollution. From Europe to Minnesota cities have closed some streets to cars to accommodate the biking and walking surge. There's even a bike shortage as more people pick up cycling. Could cleaner air and emissions free transportation be a lasting benefit born from pandemic. Carlton Read Has Been Writing About Transportation for thirty years. His recent book is bike boom, the unexpected resurgence of cycling Hey Carlton Welcome to Climate Cast Hi de Paul tell us about the current Cova, nineteen bike boom, but lockdowns around the world people started buying bicycles and bike shops. Who some of them are closing and furloughing staff with thinking? Maybe we should actually open here and around the world it's just been selling out of bicycles, and I, see you know some streets that have closed right that used to have traffic zipping by, and maybe they had streetside or roadside cafes now if it's a walk, street or a bike street, that's a more pleasant experience. Isn't it to be outdoors? Yes so if you get the sidewalks buzzing with people that making cities that's making those individual cafe businesses at money at caused. They're cities money. It actually costs the money, so the real estate costs of of allowing 'cause to park by the side of the road is a men's, and it's pretty much absorbed by cities and cities. Now realizing we no longer have to absorb those costs I see this recent. European. Survey Finds Sixty eight percent want permanent transportation changes. Changes to reduce air pollution, our cities working on that that basically putting plans in place that they couldn't have done beforehand, so they assumed that people were opposed to these kind of measures, and the not finding that no people actually quite like the clean air, people can see you know from one side of the city from the other people can hear Birdsong and I think that's just opened many people's eyes both naturally and figuratively into. We can do things different. You wrote about and mentioned that seventies bike boom in the US. It didn't stick. Why didn't it stick? And what can we learn from that today? Cities promised to build lots and lots of one hundred thousand miles of bike ways. They didn't get built and because they didn't get builds people who were attracted to cycling inhumane have stuck around after fil fashion. A, lot of them fell away Carlton climate cast focuses on climate, change, climate, science, and solutions, and we know that transportation is now the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions globally. How could cleaner air and new habits were seeing during a pandemic result in greater action on climate change very typical Ansett would be well. Just make all 'cause. Electric and then you solve your climate problem overnight. That's that's a transportation problem solved. And of course we know that's not the case. Because most electric cars, the great majority electric cars fueled remotely so there are there are power plant somewhere else having the emissions, so we have got to move at the end of the day. Two forms of transport that don't actually have any emissions, either locally or remotely, and of course that is walking a lot more cycling, just modes of transport, but actually have a health, clean egg, and many other benefits than just. This accidental of of saving the world, transportation, writer and bike rider Carlton read thanks so much for being on climate cast today poll. Thank you for having me.

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