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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Health Benefits of Cycling Outweigh Risks

According to a new study released by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the health benefits of switching from car driving to bicycling are substantially greater than the risks.

From the Abstract:

For the individuals who shift from car to bicycle, we estimated that beneficial effects of increased physical activity are substantially larger (3 – 14 months gained) than the potential mortality effect of increased inhaled air pollution doses (0.8 – 40 days lost) and the increase in traffic accidents (5 – 9 days lost). Societal benefits are even larger due to a modest reduction in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and traffic accidents.

Conclusions: On average, the estimated health benefits of cycling were substantially larger than the risks relative to car driving for individuals shifting mode of transport.

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