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A couple of countries have managed an alternate route to lower emissions: Denmark and the Netherlands both have bicycle-focused transportation that gets many people out of cars entirely.

An international team of researchers decided to look into what factors have enabled these countries to make that shift and what might happen if more countries adopted a similar transportation focus.

The Dutch use bicycles to move around more than in any other country, cycling an average of about 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles or 2.6km) a day. If the whole world biked as much, over 680 million tons of CO2 emissions could be avoided every year.

That’s enormous — roughly equivalent to erasing one-fifth of CO2 emissions from passenger cars globally in 2015.

Also, cycling can improve both physical and mental health, and can reduce the chances of experiencing many health problems. For instance, regular cycling stimulates and improves your heart, lungs and circulation, reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Source: The Verge