It’s not news that bicycles and any other form of “fitness travel” (walking, skateboarding, roller-skating, cyclists, etc…) will contribute to an overall healthier lifestyle – for the environment and the user. Many automobile companies have developed eco-friendly alternatives to fuels (sustainable resources like corn and natural gas to name a few) and added electronic/ charged vehicles to consumer options although many can be very expensive.
All over the world, countries are creating industry standards and regulations to decrease the environmental effects and increase awareness for individuals’ health safety. And across the globe, a range of initiatives to lower traffic pollution and improve healthy living include special dates to enforce and encourage carpool, increase public transportation and promote cycling and even banning automobiles.
Lopifit, the electric walking bike, is an eco-friendly solution to traveling while adding low impact exercise and fun to your commute. Lopifit, like other bicycles is easier to maneuver through heavy traffic areas in cities and tourist destinations and are much simpler to park needing less room! The Lopifit is essentially a treadmill and a bicycle combined. There is an electric motor assist with 6 gears to alter speeds and gain momentum with hills. The bike is designed similar to stationary treadmill, the user stands and walks to “ride” the lopifit. The Lopifit is an excellent alternative to regular bicycles for people with lower back and knee injuries and/ or ailments. Plus, the Lopifit makes traveling fun while you enjoy the outdoors!
Asian nations are heavily populated with obvious higher traffic and pollution issues. Many countries have pedestrian only areas and car bans with growing number of bike paths built annually. Last year, Dehli, India declared an entire day “Car Free” permitting citizens to public transportation and cycling/ walking or other auto-free travel encouraging many neighboring cities and countries to copy with monthly “car-free” days in hopes to increase awareness with the health issues and accelerating climate crisis.
Europe is very active in the environmental movement to reduce the pollution from automobiles while encouraging healthy living. Later this month Paris, France has declared the city “car free” day on September 25th. All cars banned from the streets, inviting cyclists, skateboarders, and pedestrians to revel in the quiet atmosphere of a carless city! The Netherlands, United Kingdom and many other European countries have very active cycling cultures and currently working on legislation to control the sales of automobiles – permitting only hydrogen and electronic vehicles. Germany encourages cyclists and with dedicated bike routes through large cities as well as financial incentives to housing and other living expenses for those that do not own an automobile. Lopifit are very popular here!
Africa contains some of the largest auto-free areas Header2 in the world.
Australia and New Zealand have banned cars on many streets and small islands making the main form of transport bicycles.
Several South American countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Columbia have auto-free zones and dedicated bike paths throughout the heavier populated cities.
In the United States, there are various laws by city/ state in regards to cycling but the trend in eco-friendly travel continues to grow in regards to healthy, active living and protecting our environment. According to the League of American Bicyclists, 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With an increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grows more and more annually. These are small steps but positive strides that allow pedestrians, bikers, skateboarders and roller/inline skaters an opportunity to use the road. Here are some organized already; however there are many more throughout the US.
- In Michigan, on Mackinac Island – there is an 8 mile stretch dedicated to cyclists and walkers, with cars no longer permitted since 1898! And although its dense in the off season, tourists flock here in the summer
- Boston, MA prohibits automobiles during daytime hours at Downtown Crossing and in Cambridge, car traffic is closed over weekends on popular Memorial Drive during the summer.
- In California, both the main thoroughfare Golden Gate Park is closed to cars as well as many areas through LA and San Francisco.
- Many areas throughout NYC are open only to pedestrians, cyclists and skating.
Most largely populated urban areas have days/ time limits to automobiles and a lot of American tourist spots have bans in place as well to limit traffic, pollution and accidents.
To view a list of worldwide locations that have bans and regulations on automobiles, click here.