Wired published a rather excellent article “THE VEHICLE OF THE FUTURE HAS TWO WHEELS, HANDLEBARS, AND IS A BIKE” which explores the future of autonomous vehicles and whether they will truly be the answer to urban travel.
When you start doing the math, you very quickly realise that we have allocated an exceptional amount of space on our roads to not moving people to the point where we could be moving three times as many people down our roads given the provided space.
However, we appear to have shafted the planet and are in the middle of the 6th mass extinction event on caused by you, fellow human.
What is your MPG?
In all of this, how efficiently we move around the planet is hugely important.
Even cycling and walking have a carbon cost in terms of food consumed. In fact the MPG of a human has been roughly calculated
More interesting is that this article from 2011, doesn’t consider the impact of electric bicycles in their ability to efficiently use power or the impact of renewables on the electric supply market. However others have written on the subject “Surprising Ways An Electric Bike Affects The Environment”
Save the planet, get on an eBike
Although this might sound illogical, an eBike is the most efficient way to move a human.
It also makes Bath an easy city to cycle. 😉