Clip Bike is an innovative and award-winning mobility design company founded by Som Ray, a Design Technologist from MIT. It is focused on finding ways to empower the world to adopt biking as their primary choice for urban mobility.
Clip Bike is helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cities by providing commuters with an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional transportation. In New York City alone, switching to Clip could save 1.5 million gallons of gasoline and 12,900 metric tonnes of Co2 emissions each year - making a significant contribution towards sustainability efforts!
With Clip's cutting-edge solutions and Som Ray's deep expertise in product and industrial design, the company is well-positioned to make a big impact on the future of sustainable transportation. In this article, we explore the importance of biking as a sustainable transport option, and how Clip Bike is leading the way forward.
Global Transport CO₂ Emissions:
The transportation industry had a momentous 2020, with global transport-related CO₂ emissions decreasing by 12 percent compared to the previous year - an impressive feat given that these emissions had already reached a record high of 8.25 GtCO2 in 2019. This reduction was attributed largely to restrictions on global travel brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, even with this decrease in emissions, the transport sector still accounted for nearly one-third of global CO₂ emissions. This emphasizes the importance of finding new ways to reduce emissions from transportation and make travel more sustainable.
Biking: An Effective Way to Reduce Transport-Related Emissions
Biking is one of the most effective and eco-friendly methods to reduce transport-related emissions. Bicycles require no fuel and thus emit no emissions directly. On top of that, most bicycles are built with minimal material resources and can be recycled for a longer life. In comparison to cars or other motorized vehicles, bikes use significantly less energy.
Cycling has been identified as a key solution to help create a safe and sustainable future for all, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report published in August 2021. Riding a bike is an incredibly efficient way of reducing emissions – it’s estimated that each additional cycling trip could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 14%. Moreover, every car trip that is avoided could reduce emissions by an astonishing 62%.
Furthermore, replacing a car with a bicycle can save up to 150g of CO₂ per kilometer. Electric cargo bikes are even more impressive: they have the potential to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 90% compared to diesel vans. Even just switching to walking and cycling one day a week can reduce your carbon footprint by around 0.5 tonnes of CO₂ over the course of a year. Combining cycling with other forms of public transport, such as long-distance trains, can further boost its potential.
Therefore, cycling is one of the most accessible and eco-friendly methods to reduce transport-related emissions. By investing in bike infrastructures, such as dedicated bike lanes, bike share systems, and improved traffic safety measures, governments can take a big step towards reducing air pollution and fighting climate change.
The Role of Government:
The role of governments in promoting cycling is growing and many countries have implemented policies to encourage its adoption. The EU’s Clean Mobility Package, for example, aims to increase the use of bicycles in cities by 2030. In the US, the FAST Act provides funding to states for bike infrastructure projects.
Government support for cycling has been welcomed by organizations such as the International Cycling Union (UCI), which encourages governments to invest in cycling projects and support infrastructure that makes it easier for people to use bikes. UCI also works to spread awareness of the many benefits of cycling and how it can help reduce emissions.
Clip Bike: Leading the way forward
What is Clip?
By introducing a friction drive, Clip offers an easy and affordable way to upgrade any bike into a pedal-assist e-bike. The mechanics of this innovative device are simple - when engaged, a roller on the base of the Clip transmits torque directly to the front tire, pushing you forward without any need for intricate sprockets or gears.
This ingenious solution is not a new concept, as similar mechanical transmissions have been around ever since the Lambert drive in the early 1900s, and the famous VeloSolex following soon after. Nowadays, Clip promises to revolutionize the bike industry by providing an easy, cost-efficient, and sustainable way to upgrade any bicycle into an electric one.
The Greenhouse Gas Impact of CLIP.Bike’s E-Bike Technology:
CLIP. Bike's e-bike technology has the potential to revolutionize urban commuting by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions brought about by traditional transportation modes such as cars. As a result, the company sought out help from New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) to understand the long-term impacts of CLIP technology in NYC.
NYSP2I closely studied the energy use and associated GHG emissions of CLIP compared to cars, public transit, and walking in order to provide a detailed comparison. This analysis was instrumental in enabling CLIP. Bike to identify solutions that could potentially reduce the environmental impact of commuting on a large scale within urban spaces.
This analysis was a significant step taken by CLIP. Bike towards achieving its sustainability goals. It showed that if the commuters in NYC switch to CLIP technology, it could lead to an estimated annual reduction of 12,900 Metric Tonnes (MT) of CO2e in greenhouse gas emissions.
Furthermore, it could cut down 1.5 million gallons of gasoline in fossil fuel consumption by commuters traveling via car annually. The study also found that when pedaling about 50% of the time, CLIP technology consumed 5.59 Watt hours (Wh) per passenger kilometer and 1.52 g CO2e per passenger kilometer.
The overall results of the analysis revealed that CLIP technology could make urban commuting more efficient and eco-friendly compared to traditional modes of transportation. This is an important step in the right direction for sustainable transportation solutions that benefit both commuters and the environment. Ultimately, it will be up to individual cities and their constituencies to determine whether this technology can indeed help in reducing emissions across urban areas.
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Every contribution is a step towards a greener and more resilient future powered by CLIP.Bike technology. Donations will help to fund the continued research and development of CLIP technology, which could potentially revolutionize urban commuting for millions of people around the world. We thank all those who have donated and continue to support CLIP in making a sustainable future a reality.