Cycling is much better than driving for both the local and global environment. Experts and politicians all agree on the urgent need to cut greenhouse emissions. Increased cycling and walking, along with reduced car use, is one of the most effective ways of achieving that.
The Climate Change (Scotland) Act requires a minimum 42% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and 80% by 2050 and a key component of this is the Long-Term Vision for Active Travel In Scotland 2030.
Cycle routes are just one part of the city-wide transport vision which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions year on year from 2007 levels. The Edinburgh Council Transport Vision sets a goal for cycling of 15% by 2020.