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Submission + - Bicycles indirectly cause more CO2 emissions by slowing traffic. 2

lxrocks writes: In a report by the European Cycling Federation, they show Bicycle CO2 emissions to be around 16g CO2/Km. The report however fails to recognise that in some countries, Bicycles cause traffic slow down. For example in hilly, Sydney, Australia cyclists can be found slowing traffic during peak traffic hours by consuming a whole traffic lane to themselves. Drivers will often experience a delay of at least 1 minute trying to navigate past the cyclist into another lane.

If the average passenger vehicle produces around 6g CO2/minute when just idling — if 100 cars are delayed 1 minute by the cyclist, the additional, indirect CO2 production adds 600g of CO2 to their 16g CO2/KM.

In some countries, cycling may be causing excessive CO2 emissions rather than reducing them.
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Bicycles indirectly cause more CO2 emissions by slowing traffic.

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    It's still the car's producing the CO2 not the cyclists.
    And if you're to take slow moving cyclists into account, you should also take congestion caused by car's etc. Bikes take up about 1/3 the space of a car...

  • Oh, come on. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    This is full-on spin bullshit.

    The (dubiously theoretical) amount of additional CO2 that would be produced by a motorist avoiding a cyclist is still far less than the amount of CO2 that would've been produced had the cyclist instead been driving a car.

    They're trying to spin these numbers to suggest cyclists cause more CO2, but you could just as easily spin to suggest getting rid of motorists completely and everyone cycles; that way the CO2 released won't increase no matter how many people cycle!

    (Not to menti

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