2021: The climate change mitigation impacts of active travel: Evidence from a longitudinal panel study in seven European cities
Christian Brand, Thomas Götschi, Evi Dons, Regine Gerike, Esther Anaya-Boig, Ione Avila-Palencia, Audrey de Nazelle, Mirea Gascon, Mailin Gaupp-Berghausen, Francesco Iacorossi, Sonja Kahlmeier, Luc Int Panis, Francesca Racioppi, David Rojas-Rueda, Arnout Standaert, Erik Stigell, Simona Sulikova, Sandra Wegener, Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen
in Journal “Global Environmental Change“
Active travel (walking or cycling for transport) is considered the most sustainable and low carbon form of getting from A to B. For determining the net effects of changes in active travel on changes in mobility-related CO2 emissions, longitudinal data on daily travel behavior, journey purpose, as well as personal and geospatial characteristics were collected in seven European cities. Statistical modelling of longitudinal panel data was performed to assess how changes in active travel influenced changes in mobility-related lifecycle CO2 emissions; with the result that those changes have significant lifecycle carbon emissions benefits, even in European urban contexts with already high walking and cycling shares.