Did You Know? Interesting Climate Change Facts About NYC’s Transportation

The Human Impacts Institute is gearing up to participate in Climate Week NYC with its Ten Days of Climate Action by offering you 30 interesting and useful climate change facts about New York City.

Climate Week NYC is an annual summit attended by the world’s leading businesses and governments and an array of events focused on driving a clean industrial revolution. During Climate Week, artists, musicians, and other performers will put on exhibits and performances about climate change all over NYC for Ten Days of Climate Action.

Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation accounted for 20% of NYC’s total emissions in 2009. In order to work toward a carbon neutral NYC, the city must reduce the GHG emissions coming its transportation. Here are five climate change facts about NYC’s transportation:

  • One of the greatest barriers to low-income cyclists is the inequality of access to bicycle paths, facilities and information.

  • If 10% of NYC commuters biked to work instead of driving or taking transit just once per week, they could save 120 million pounds of CO2 emissions per year, equivalent to the amount released by the homes of 25,000 New Yorkers.

  • Riding a bike instead of driving a car prevents the release of 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile.

  • Automobiles only carry 31% of commuters in New York City, but produce 60% of commuting CO2 emissions.

  • In 2005, motor vehicles traveled 18.6 billion miles throughout the five boroughs.

How do you think NYC can improve its transportation to be sustainable?

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