Cycling and the environment

The benefits of cycling are not just for the cyclist, but help enhance the environment. A major environmental concern is global warming. Cycling helps reduce carbon emissions which scientists believe contribute to global warming.

Cycling also reduces pollutants in the air which are a threat to health. Road traffic is a major source of pollution. Most vehicles are the main source of seven out of eight of the major pollutants that the government is trying to reduce under its Air Quality Strategy.

Using a bike offers a range of environmental benefits. A bike journey:

  • Helps reduce noise and pollution

  • Reduces traffic congestion and the economic cost of traffic delays

  • Helps protect green spaces, monuments and building from the adverse effects of pollution

A bicycle is a viable alternative to the car. More than half of all car journeys in London are less than five miles.