A shift from cars to cycling. Bicycles will save the World.
The European Commission should ensure cities and member states operate a shift from cars to cycling, walking and public and shared transport. Such plans should include cutting down unnecessary journeys, reducing public space allocation to motorised transport (parking, roads, etc.) and increasing car-free zones and green public space, or going as far as banning cars from cities altogether if needed. Cycling must be made easier and safer. Sidewalks and public transport should be accessible to everyone.
Stop funding what creates the problem, and increase funds for inclusive mobility.
We are in the middle of a climate emergency, and we need consistent policies. Still, institutions keep pouring billions into highway projects, despite their effect on induced mobility demand and emissions. Instead, public money must prioritise climate-mitigation action, encouraging walking, cycling, boosting cycling infrastructures, intermodality and public transport and cutting funds to new motorways projects.
Is electric the answer?
The European Commission proposed to end new internal combustion engine cars sales by 2035. This must happen without delay, or our lungs will continue to suffer. Replacing every car on the road today with an electric vehicle is not a sustainable solution. Of course, we will need electric vehicles to cover transport needs that cannot be sent in other ways, but the EU should stop thinking that a green transport growth will match Paris’ goals. Cycling for instance is ten times more important than electric cars to create net-zero cities.