Article: “Bicycling: Health Risk or Benefit?”

The University of British Columbia Medical Journal recently published an article by Kay Teschke and other members of the Cycling in Cities research team (of which TCAT is a member) considering the health risks and benefits of recent efforts to encourage cycling in North American cities from a health perspective. The article considered benefits such as physical activity and lower levels of pollution, noise, and congestion and weighed them against risks such as injury and exposure to air pollution. The article finds a net benefit associated with cycling, and mentions some ways that risk can be mitigated, including cycling infrastructure and restrictions on motor vehicle traffic and speed.

Posted On: June 12, 2012