Transport can have significant impacts on the environment. Between 20% to 25% of world energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions are attributed to transport systems. Sustainable transport as a concept describes modes of transport and systems of transport planning which are consistent with the concerns of sustainability. This encompasses better transport policies, practices and performance to enhance quality of life and mobility with the pursuit of best environmental and carbon emission reduction practices.
The promotion of a more balanced form of local and regional development which does not compromise these factors, has long been a challenge for transport authorities and operators, and city planners.
Bristol is a centre for sustainable transport. It is headquarters to Sustrans, the UK's leading sustainable transport charity and has recently been designated as the UK's first cycling city. A total of £22.8 million has been invested into the project which aims to double the amount of Bristol's cyclists by engaging communities and providing significant infrastucture improvements across the city. Every citizen will benefit from better air quality, less traffic congestion and safer roads.
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