Source: Adapted from Mason, J., L. Fulton and Z. McDonald (2015)
A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario: The Potential for
Dramatically Increasing Bicycle and E-bike Use in Cities Around
the World, with Estimated Energy, CO2, and Cost Impacts,
Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and the
University of California, Davis.
Share of Cycling over the Total Amount of Trips, Selected
In many countries cycling is an important component of
mobility and has become part of the urban planning process.
Many public transit systems have park-and-ride facilities for bicycles
and many roads have reserved bike lanes. Consequently, cycling accounts
for a significant share of the total amount of trips. Usually, the
share of cycling is higher in large cities, reflecting more
constraining mobility conditions, shorter commuting distances
and therefore the advantages of using the bicycle. Over 25% of
the commuting trips for the
Netherlands and the Denmark are accounted by cycling. This share around 15% for Japan,
Germany and Italy. For the
United States and the UK, this share is less than 1%, but higher in states such
as California. Rapidly developing economies such as China and
India also have a high proportion of commuting trips accounted
by cycling in spite of the ongoing motorization. Geography plays an important
role in the usage of the bicycle as a mode of transportation, particularly
in terms of the landscape (flat land) and climate (excessive temperatures).
It is therefore not surprising to realize that the importance
of cycling will be more prominent in relatively flat areas at
with limited harsh winter conditions.