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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Economic, Health Benefits Offered By Increased Use Of Bicycles For Commuting

Wanna bet?
Cutting out short auto trips and replacing them with mass transit and active transport would yield major health benefits, according to a study just published in the scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The biggest health benefit was due to replacing half of the short trips with bicycle trips during the warmest six months of the year, saving about $3.8 billion per year from avoided mortality and reduced health care costs for conditions like obesity and heart disease.
Riding a bike, or engaging in any activity, will do less than zip for weight loss unless fewer Calories are consumed than burned.

That is the key. Not the activity.

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