The Health Benefits of Cycling


Lender bikes in Stockholm

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The health risks and benefits of cycling in urban environments compared with car use: health impact assessment study ( 8 page pdf, David Rojas-Rueda, Audrey de Nazelle, Marko Tainio, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, British Medical Journal (BMJ), Aug. 4, 2011)
Today’s focus is on a biking initiative in Barcelona which attracted 11% of the population and the impact the shift to bikes from cars had on health as well as the reductions in carbon dioxide. Results indicate a modest benefit (4% less used cars). The analysis of pro and con factors that affect cyclist’s health is worth reviewing- such as the high correlation with the duration of the bike trip and the number of days spent cycling.

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