Target: Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Union
Goal: Praise the European Union for funding an eco-friendly alternative to commuting by automobile
Commuting vehicles in large cities give off shocking amounts of pollution in the form of fuel exhaust. The European Union has been funding a new program that could lessen the ecological footprint left by the daily commute and its contribution to climate change.
The three-year European program BiTiBi, which stands for “Bike-Train-Bike,” works by combining both train and bicycle transportation methods to reduce traffic congestion and carbon dioxide emissions. Commuters are encouraged to bike for the first and last miles of their commutes, and ride the train for the other miles of their commute. This will greatly reduce the number of individuals stuck in immobile, gasoline-guzzling vehicles during rush hours.
Willing bike riders currently struggle with a lack of bike parking at stations, ineffective fare integration, inconveniently long commutes between home and work and a lack of bike friendly access to train stations. The BiTiBi program seeks to break down these barriers and encourage more commuters to integrate bike riding into their daily commutes. The program’s website outlines specific goals for the program including a decrease in car usage by several million kilometers per year and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by several hundred tons per year. All the extra biking will also bring with it numerous positive health effects due to an increase in physical activity.
Revolutionary ideas to combat human-caused pollution and climate change are constantly developing. Programs such as BiTiBi should be encouraged and be swiftly integrated in order to lessen the detrimental effects of pollution, especially in larger cities. Applaud the efforts of the BiTiBi program, and urge other countries to follow suit.
Dear President Van Rompuy,
It was heartening to read about how the European Union has been funding the BiTiBi program to reduce traffic congestion and carbon dioxide emissions. Many people already bike to work, or else can be encouraged to with the right support. Not only does this help increase use of efficient commuting alternatives in Europe, but the program also serves as an inspiring role model for other nations to emulate.
Thank you again for assisting in the efforts of this revolutionary and environmentally-sound method for addressing the pollution caused by commuter traffic. I look forward to reading about the positive changes that arise from this initiative.
[Your Name Here]
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