On your bike!

Michael Cramer, who is a German MEP and member of the Greens/European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament, has an article on Public Service Europe in which he maintains that without a change of mobility we cannot stop climate change.

He is pushing the argument that by increasing cycling as the chosen mode of transport for distances under 6kms it will be possible to reduce carbon emissions and thus prevent something which has yet to be proved. Not only does Cramer base his case on an unproven theory but he also relies on statistics from the World Health Organisation that according to their ‘heat tool’, the current level of bicycle use in Europe accounts for more than €200bn in health benefits every year. Now how in the name of all that is holy do they come to that conclusion?

And if people don’t take up his suggestion, what then? If people won’t cycle or are not prepared to wait in all weathers for public transport, does he wish to legislate – which is what usually happens when we plebs don’t follow a course of action for which our masters wish. And how would such legislation be enforced?

Cramer: as the heading to this post says – On your bike!

Update: Herr Cramer may wish to read this.


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6 Responses

  1. A K Haart says:

    “Now how in the name of all that is holy do they come to that conclusion?”

    Probably a policy-driven computer model.

  2. Woodsy42 says:

    “€200bn in health benefits every year”

    Except for the poor souls who get squidged by lorries or catch pheuumonia cycling to work at 7am in midwinter, it’s doubtful that those groups get any health benefit.

  3. graham wood says:

    “increasing cycling as the chosen mode of transport for distances under 6kms it will be possible to reduce carbon emissions”

    Oh definitely. I wonder why it took him so long to understand this.
    But it has to be asked whilst a few thousand, or even a few million cyclists will markedly reduce carbon emissions – will they reduce the massive global warming phenomena evident everywhere which is endangering our lives every day? (just a minute – must wipe frost off LCD display)
    Just wait until the Chinese government orders a few billion to get on their bikes – that will do the trick – they will be called “human renewables”

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  4. Robin says:

    This is just a recycled cycle policy which will saddle us normal folk with policies from deranged cyclepaths like this MEP . We mudguard ourselves from this folly and get them to backpedal against all theses policies , handelbar none .Put a spoke in their plans now before a chain reaction happens , derailier us from sense .Dont let him frame the discussion .

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