France’s government is giving €4,000 to people who agree to trade in their gas-powered cars for electric bikes. The government wants to incentivize people to give up their gasoline-guzzling cars and start using electric bikes to help the environment and offer cleaner modes of transportation.

The subsidy is available to people who live in low-income households in low-emission urban zones. Those who earn more income can still get subsidies, just smaller.

The country first introduced the idea last year as a plan to catch up to the biking countries like Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. The goal is to get just 9 percent of the country to switch to bikes by 2024.

According to a new study, if everyone biked as much as the Dutch, we would be able to cut nearly 700 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. These savings are equivalent to nearly all of the emissions from Germany. They also found that if everyone in the world cycled just one mile per day, we could cut 414 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

The country isn’t stopping there. They will also be investing a whopping €250 million to make the city more bike friendly, with officials promising over 80 miles of bike-safe pathways over the next five years.

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