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Health benefits of cycling 'outweigh the risks'

Posted 6 July 2010
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Health benefits of cycling 'outweigh the risks'
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Those toying with the idea of investing in cycling gear and travelling to work on two wheels may be interested to know that the benefits of riding a bike outweigh the dangers of doing so.

According to a study by researchers at the University of Utrecht, published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, the health benefits of cycling outweigh the negative aspects of it, such as being involved in an accident or exposure to pollution.

The team found that people who switched from car to bicycle saw life expectancy increase by between three and 14 months compared to 0.8 to 40 days lost due to air pollution.

"On average, the estimated health benefits of cycling were substantially larger than the risks relative to car driving for individuals shifting [their] mode of transport," the researchers concluded.

The mayor of London Boris Johnson is keen to protect those who don their cycling gear to travel across the capital.

Mr Johnson and Transport for London have announced that a new cycle safety mirror called a Trixi is to be trialled in parts of the city for six months.