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By Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities

In cities across the world, from London to Los Angeles, Sydney to Sao Paulo, commuters on serious racing bikes and Lycra outfits previously only seen during the Tour de France have become a common sight. I confess to being one of them and recognise that we may not be universally loved! But along with the growing wave of hipsters on fixed gear machines, and millennials making quick trips on dock-less hire bikes, these highly visible modern cyclists are a symbol an important global trend that is putting the bicycle back at the centre of urban transport.

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Climate change isn’t fair. The people responsible for the least greenhouse gas emissions, who have benefited least from our fossil fuel addicted societies, will suffer the most from its climate consequences. The poorest and most vulnerable in our societies are disproportionately at risk from rising seas and climate related disasters. Women and children suffer more than men. Perhaps most unfair of all, it is future generations who will live with the long-term consequences of climate change.

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On April 10, mayors, senior city officials, finance industry leaders, and NGO partners will gather at the third-annual Financing Sustainable Cities Forum to discuss new solutions for accelerating investment in more resilient, prosperous, and sustainable cities. Hosted by C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the Citi Foundation, this one-day event in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district will explore why, in today’s world, green investment is smart investment.

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