Green House Gas (GHG) Reduction Potential of Non-Motorized Transportation
Air Quality, Environmental Process
Research Idea Scope
About half of all trips taken in the
Urgency and Payoff
Investments into non-motorized transportation projects are typically dwarfed, compared to the costs of motorized traffic projects. This research would quantify the GHG reduction potential from such investments. Current GHG reduction efforts in the transportation sector focus on fuel efficiency of vehicles and alternative fuels, largely ignoring the low hanging fruit of shifting short trips from motorized to non-motorized transportation. This research would provide the numbers needed to expand the focus of GHG reductions from the transportation sector.
Thomas Gotschi, PhD, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Telephone: 202-974-5110