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Payment for riding a bicycle or fighting for clean air

27 April 2016, 09:00

The authorities of Milan, as well as in other major European cities are concerned about environmental issues, in particular the harmful emissions into the atmosphere. It should be noted that 8 years ago, Milan was declared the capital of pollution across Europe. At the end of last year in Milan and Rome was introduced three travel ban on cars in order to reduce the amount of harmful substances in the air.

Recently, at the eco-friendly solutions for the movement of the Italian authorities of 35 million dollars was allocated a portion of this amount in Milan intend to use as payment for those who abandon the car in favor of the bicycle. The idea of paying for cyclists there about 2 years ago in France, when workers were asked to get to work on bicycles, in order to reduce the level of harmful emissions into the atmosphere. Then participate in the program agreed only a few hundred people from 8000.

Ralph Buehler noted professor of the Technological University of Virginia, is not enough to offer money for cyclists, it is necessary to introduce other measures that will help to realize the importance of the problem. Dr. Buhler in his statement referred to one of the studies conducted in the US, which found that more than half of the population in varying degrees, want to influence the environmental situation, but have some doubts about walking on a bicycle. According to Buhler, people should provide safety while driving, then a lot more people peresyadut with a four on two-wheeled transport. Money for cycling does not attract those who doubt, and it is said Buehler, more than 50% of the population.

You must pay attention to the creation of bike lanes, special parking spaces, showers - then a lot more people will choose the bikes. Of course, driving a car, you can make it more difficult and costly, however, affect the citizens' choices possible, and in other ways, for example, equipment, pedestrian and bicycle paths, good public transport and so on.

Today, the most good cycling infrastructure is represented in Copenhagen, but there is very small percentage of people prefer two-wheeled transport, with this kind of movement because of its cheapness selects only 6%, most preferred bikes, because this is a quick and easy way to get to your destination . But according to the survey, only 1% of cyclists in Copenhagen chose this mode of transport because of the problems with the environment.

It polluted the air is one of the reasons for the refusal of people to travel by bike, so in itself the idea of payment for cycling is a good incentive, but if the city is filled with harmful emissions, it will not give the proper result.

In Milan, as in any large city, very heavy traffic on the roads and many people simply do not dare to leave a bike on a par with two-ton car. The air in the metropolitan areas, and so is very dirty, so people do not want to breathe additional toxins.

Payment for cycling should be part of a global program, which should include road safety, the special bike paths, protected parking places for bicycles. To solve the problem of air pollution and traffic congestion, just pay people enough.

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