As the fuel crisis is dragging on many think of cycling to work.
Is it safe to cycle in the city?
The lack of cycle lanes in the country’s cities and the number of motor traffic deaths are on the increase There are only two designated areas, one at Independence square and the other at Belanwila,
Also in Sri Lanka it might be difficult to introduce a cycling culture like in the European cities because of the hot climate.
Former Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that he is planning to encourage cycling to offices and workplaces in the City as a means of preventing environmental pollution as well as arresting the increasing trend of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) should be given serious thought by the Government, with a large-scale energy crisis looming on the horizon.However, nothing seems to have happened although the minister said that he is going to put forward a cabinet paper.
Going to work :
cycling is the most common mode of transportation for short local trips in the Netherlands (45%) and China (33%) and is also widely used in Japan (27%), India (21%), Germany (21%), and Belgium (20%).
As many as 30% of adults in the Netherlands, 22% in China and India, and 20% in Sweden report riding a bicycle to get to their place of work or education. In contrast, only 4% in Canada, and 5% in South Africa, the United States, and Great Britain do so.
On average globally, twice as many say they ride a bicycle for exercise (28%) than for commuting (12%). Cycling for exercise is most widely practiced in Poland where 61% report doing it.
Across the 28 countries, almost two-thirds (63%) of adults say they know how to ride a bicycle and 42% report owning one. The Netherlands, Poland, and Sweden show the highest levels of bicycle ownership. Usage of public bicycle-sharing systems averages at 8% per country, but it is much higher in China (38%), India (19%), South Korea (15%), and Turkey (15%).
Cycling as a solution?
Large majorities in all countries agree that cycling plays an important role in the reduction of carbon emissions (from a high of 94% in Peru and China to a low of 77% in Germany) and the reduction of traffic (from 94% in Peru to 62% in the U.S.).
Countries, where bicycles are most favored over cars, are Turkey, the Netherlands, Hungary, Chile, Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, and Peru
Bicycles are viewed favorably in all countries (from 93% in Poland to 64% in Great Britain) as are e-bikes (from 84% in India to 57% in Great Britain). In contrast, other types of vehicles are not viewed as kindly in some countries: standup scooters are seen favorably by only 17% in Japan (vs. 79% in India), motorcycles and mopeds by only 23% in South Korea (vs. 85% in India and 79% in Malaysia), and trucks by 24% in Turkey and 28% in China (vs. 70% in the U.S.).
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