Environment

Climate Change2020-03-04T16:50:28+00:00

At Puffing Billy Cycles we care not only about our customers but also about our environment. Cycling has the potential to reduce pollution levels in our cities and our greenhouse gas emissions. Although the weather may not always be on our side, hills and fitness are no longer an excuse. Electric bikes have revolutionized the cycling industry and have the potential to revolutionize the whole transport sector for the better. What’s stopping you?

Transport

As well as being a leading source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the transport sector is responsible for a large proportion of urban air pollution. An estimated 4.2 million premature deaths are attributed to ambient (outdoor) air pollution, based on WHO data from 2012. Overall, higher urban air pollution concentrations increase the risk for cardiovascular and respiratory disease, cancer and adverse birth outcomes, and also are associated with higher death rates.

Air Quality in Plymouth

Air quality in Plymouth is mainly good however there are a few areas where levels of nitrogen dioxide are above government objectives. These concentrations are largely related to road traffic emissions.
Plymouth has a single city wide Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) which is due to levels of nitrogen dioxide exceeding national objectives. This AQMA includes Exeter Street, Mutley Plain, Stoke Village, Royal Parade and Tavistock Road and their connecting roads.

The environmental benefits of using an electric bike

According to the UK Department for Transport the average trip distance made by car or van in 2018 was only 8.2 miles. The CO2 emissions of a car is around 40 times higher than that of an electric bike. NOx, O3, particulates and sound pollution are reduced completely when cycling.

Swapping only two of your (8.2 mile) car journeys a week to an electric bike ride would reduce your carbon footprint by 165kg and save you £100 a year!

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