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Other than health and environmental control, cycling can save 1.8 trillion rupees annually: Study report.

According to a report issue by the think-tank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), if, at a large scale, we have a tendency to adopt cycle because the solely mode of transport, India will save over Rs 1.8 lakh crore ($255 billion) annually, or 1.6% of the gross domestic product (GDP).

The next time you move to work or to meet your friends, it might be a decent plan to use cycle as a mode of transportation. According to a  report issue by the think-tank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), if, at a large scale, we have a tendency to adopt cycle because the solely mode of transport, India will save over Rs 1.8 lakh crore  ($255 billion) annually, or 1.6% of the gross domestic product (GDP).

The study says that, “Increasing motorization in urban and rural areas has given rise to several negative externalities like dependence on fossil fuels, GHG emissions, congestion, pollution and also the associated health impacts. so as to reduce the prices related to these externalities, this and future projected travel demand has to be served by sustainable modes of transportation like cycling”.

Analyzing the mode of transport take Indians travel to  work, according to the study  says ” It is observed that more than 50% of the people in India use non-motorized forms of transport, such as walking and cycling, to travel to work followed by two-wheelers (18%) and buses (16%). In urban and rural India, on-foot visits account for the highest share of work trips with the share being 12% higher in rural areas. In rural areas, for meeting the daily travel necessities, staff unit most obsessed on cycling after walking. However, in urban areas, when walking staff area unit most depends on two-wheelers.”

Despite being eco-friendly and a sustainable mode of transportation, cycles have disappeared from roads over time. The study additionally listed out the direct and indirect edges of cycling. Except from indirect edges like reduction in carbon emissions and a positive impact on savings and gross domestic product it says that, “The edges that directly accrue to people thanks to the uptake of cycling are defined as direct benefits. Within the study, personal fuel savings, health edges thanks to accumulated physical activity, reduced pollution, and travel-time savings by marginal unskilled worker
are quantified”.

In a bid to encourage cycling to work in India, the study instructed “To promote the widespread use of bicycles, dedicated initiatives like tax concessions for low-income people, construction of adequate and safe cycling infrastructure, and measures to cut back the employment of personal vehicles like congestion and parking pricing and awareness campaigns to spotlight the advantages of cycling need to be undertaken. These measures should be enforced to retain the prevailing high share of cyclists and to encourage a shift among those that presently consider personal motorized vehicles even for short distances.”

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