Why today you can make a difference

The growing global population is putting pressure on resources, space and the environment. At the same time, people are becoming increasingly reliant upon their cars. For this reason, finding solutions to ease the burden is important to decision makers all over the world.

The European Union is no exception and this week it is pushing their initiative, the European Mobility Week, which aims to get people out of their cars and onto their feet, two wheels or public transport.

How are they going to do this?

Well, the initiative encourages cities to compete to be awarded the prize for being the most mobile city. Local authorities can do this by investing in infrastructure that it is going to make it easier for residents to get around without the need for a car.

In 2015 the winner was Murcia, Spain. Murcia placed bike racks onto their buses and allowed foldable bikes on board, in addition to building new cycle paths and installing charging points for electric scooters and bicycles all around the city.

If many more cities took Murcia’s lead, the benefits for society as a whole would be significant. These include:

  • Keeping citizens healthy, the EU would save €80 billion in health care per year if everyone cycled or walked for just 20 minutes per day.
  • Public Transportation employs 2 million people and contributes €150 billion to the EU economy each year.
  • Reduced carbon emissions in the city centre, making it more attractive for residents, resulting in more money being spent in local businesses.

It is not just those in power who can make a difference. If there is a viable public transport route to work, then you have the power to make more space on the roads and reduce carbon emissions. If work is only a 20 minute walk away, is the car really necessary?

So, this week, even if it is only for one day, consider the alternatives to hopping in your car. A journey of a thousand miles and all that…

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