Milan has announced one of Europe’s most ambitious mobility schemes, known as Strade Aperte (open roads). Its goal is to reduce cars in phase 2 of the lockdown by increasing bike lanes and pedestrian areas.
Cycling makes you healthier and richer, studies show
Recent studies show how physical activity, such as cycling, and health are strictly related. This leads to economic benefits and higher academic and work performances.
It is commonly known that daily cycling is healthy, but studies and statistics now make it an ever evident fact. In particular, they underline how riding bicycle allows attaining both physical and economic wellbeing.
The Netherlands is a practical example of the positive results achieved thanks to mass bicycle mobility, as the study “Dutch Cycling: Quantifying the Health and Related Economic Benefits” reports. Currently, nearly 27% of total travels in the Netherlands are made by using bicycle. The study shows how investments in bicycle-promoting policies are likely to yield a high benefit-cost ratio in the long term. This means economic advantages of over 5% to the Netherlands’ GDP. The Dutch government invests 0.5 billion per year in cycling lanes and bicycle facilities, bringing about economic and health benefits worth 19 billion euros per year.
In other words, cycling and walking make you healthier and richer. It is confirmed by a study carried out in collaboration with the University of California, which shows that they have benefits to property values, work productivity levels, and academic performances. Each euro invested in favouring alternative mobility is worth 13 euros. Benefits to cities include larger market for local shops, reduced traffic congestion, and lower pollution rates.
500,000 European citizens die of physical inactivity every year, says a study of the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA). Illnesses like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, colorectal and breast cancer could reduce their onset thanks to physical activity, which also helps fighting depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
According to ISCA President Mogens Kirkeby, “20 minutes a day of moderate activity would make a massive difference and could be as simple as getting off the bus or train a stop earlier and taking a brisk walk to work; taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or even just playing in the park or garden with the kids”. By cutting the current European inactivity level by one fifth, 100,000 lives and 16 billion euros could be saved every year.
Formula 1, the world’s most important auto racing championship, has decided to turn the page and aim for carbon neutrality with the support of its teams, drivers and the whole racing circus.
From “hybrid” culture to the Olympics. Toyota and LifeGate, a decade together for sustainable mobility
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Germany’s first solar bicycle lane could be the prototype for the roads of the future. The photovoltaic tiles melt snow and ice, and are capable of absorbing noise.
The Vespa is back in an electric version. Production has just started and the first models can be reserved online starting from October.
The city of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, has inaugurated a bicycle path that brings together a bridge, the rooftop of a school and a garden.
The Lego hair bike helmet is the latest Internet craze. For now it’s just a prototype but production on a large scale will probably start soon.
Heir to the legendary Bulli van of the ‘60s, the official vehicle of the hippie movement, the new Volkswagen van is electric and self-driving. It has eight seats and can be turned into a living room. It will be produced starting from 2021.
Copenhagen has achieved an unprecedented result by investing in two-wheel mobility. Bikes now outnumber cars in Denmark’s capital.