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05 July 2010

Cycling: pros outweigh the cons

The health benefits of cycling in an urban environment outweigh risks posed by air pollution and accidents, a new study has concluded.

The health benefits of cycling in an urban environment outweigh risks posed by air pollution and accidents, a new study has concluded.
 

But they determined that the health benefits for cyclists in The Netherlands were at least nine times greater than the hazards.

By switching from driving to cycling, people would, on average, live three to 14 months longer because of increased physical activity. The risks they would face would be potentially losing 0.8 to 40 days of life because of increased exposure to air pollution and an average of five to nine days from a fatal traffic accident.
 

 
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