IELTS Writing Task 2 (18/6/2016): Cycling is more environmentally friendly than other forms of transport. Why is it not popular in many places? And how to increase its popularity?
It is no doubt that traveling via bicycle exerts more positive impacts on the environment than any other ways of transport. Nevertheless, this vehicle is not widely used in several places. There are numerous reasons and solutions to promote its usage amongst general people
For starters, the environmental benefits of cycling can be felt by all those in society. In particular, an increasing number of people who make a bicycle as their main vehicle possibly lessen the contemporarily alarming amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere, causing a catastrophic loss in habitats and serious respiratory-related illnesses.
Despite these ecological advantages, this mode of transport remains uncommon in several countries because of many reasons. Firstly, the main reason can be attributable to its slowness. Most people in a modernized society demand a rapid vehicle to reach their destination as soon as possible. To give an illustration, while an ambulance car is able to take the patients having an accident to the nearest hospital instantly, a bicycle is incapable of this. Secondly, this vehicle does not provide enough spaces for people and goods. Therefore, this can be disadvantageous for shippers.
On a different dimension, there are some approaches to encourage people to do cycling. Firstly, an environmental issue should be reported on many social media to raise awareness among people about what they do harm to nature. This measure can be cost-effective but not really solve the problem. Another measure is to impose higher taxes on other means of transport with an exception of a bicycle. A stringent regulation like this can discourage a majority of people from using a car or motorbike as their primary vehicle.
In conclusion, as I have discussed, there are many factors causing cycling to be not prevalent in general streets and many measures supposed to be implemented to make it the main modes of transport.