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Power to Pedal..

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Published on Jun 21, 2009

Visit my bicycle art web site. http://situp-bike-art.com.
Since posting this clip,, I've discovered some errors in the calculations of emission savings we envisage .

Since Dr Charlton has just gone overseas, correcting the errors on screen, is not presently possible.

Here is what you should note.

1. .We claim that each Australian car produces between 4 and 4.5 tons of carbon per year. Too high. The figure is closer to 2.88 tons, depending on economy and mileage.

There are 12 million cars in Australia.

2. We claimed they collectively produce 55 million tons of carbon per year.. too high . The figure is closer to 35 million tons.

3. We deduced that cutting Australian car journeys by just 18%, (riding a bike instead for example) , would avoid 9.5 million tons of carbon per year. Too high . The saving is approx 6.3 million tons.

Even so, 6.3 million tons is a huge saving for a small lifestyle change .

We note too that the Australia Govt will take no carbon savings specifically achieved through car reduction and bike use to Copenhagen in December,

Since 30% of trips in Denmark are made on bikes, and only .8% in Australia, we see embarrassment ahead.

We are also disappointed to discover that the Federal Government's, Green Vehicle Guide, does not consider the bicycle as a vehicle.

The guide is solely concerned with Australians buying greener cars. Why?

With Electric bikes making cycling more efficient and accessible, the bike as a vehicle can become ever more important. Or is the E bike not a vehicle either?

The photos of people on bikes in Copenhagen come from a fabulous bike blog, Copenhagen Cycle Chic. Take a look!

Mike Rubbo

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Comments • 1

silver7931
Nice video promoting a good cause. more bikes is good for everybody: less pollution, less traffic jams, and healthier people.
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