"The study by the ECF defines and emphasizes the environmental advantages of cycling, looking at the entire life-cycle of bicycles, electronic bicycles and private vehicles," writes one reporter at SustainableCitiesCollective.
The ECF states that the study takes several phases into account:
* The production phase, which includes the energy and material inputs required to manufacture the vehicle.
* The operation phase, which includes fuel production and utilization.
* The maintenance phase, which includes all activity required to keep a vehicle as safe as possible on the road.
The ECF also finds that "if cycling across the EU's 27 nations was as widespread as it is in Denmark alone, then bicycling can help reduce the total greenhouse gas emissions for the transportation sector by up to 26 percent."
The ECF's study reveals that there is a need for more policies "that encourage cycling, create safe infrastructure for alternative modes of transport and inspire behavior change."