Cobenefits of replacing car trips with alternative transportation: a review of evidence and methodological issues

J Environ Public Health. 2013:2013:797312. doi: 10.1155/2013/797312. Epub 2013 Jul 16.


It has been reported that motor vehicle emissions contribute nearly a quarter of world energy-related greenhouse gases and cause nonnegligible air pollution primarily in urban areas. Reducing car use and increasing ecofriendly alternative transport, such as public and active transport, are efficient approaches to mitigate harmful environmental impacts caused by a large amount of vehicle use. Besides the environmental benefits of promoting alternative transport, it can also induce other health and economic benefits. At present, a number of studies have been conducted to evaluate cobenefits from greenhouse gas mitigation policies. However, relatively few have focused specifically on the transport sector. A comprehensive understanding of the multiple benefits of alternative transport could assist with policy making in the areas of transport, health, and environment. However, there is no straightforward method which could estimate cobenefits effect at one time. In this paper, the links between vehicle emissions and air quality, as well as the health and economic benefits from alternative transport use, are considered, and methodological issues relating to the modelling of these cobenefits are discussed.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants / analysis
  • Air Pollutants / toxicity*
  • Bicycling
  • Gases / analysis
  • Gases / toxicity
  • Greenhouse Effect
  • Health Impact Assessment / economics*
  • Health Impact Assessment / methods*
  • Humans
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Transportation / economics
  • Transportation / methods*
  • Vehicle Emissions / analysis
  • Vehicle Emissions / toxicity*


  • Air Pollutants
  • Gases
  • Vehicle Emissions