Bicycling: Good for You and the Environment

Promoting bicycling among citizens has saved Australian public health services millions! Via TreeHugger:
A new report, has after analysing the data, come up with a figure for the public health benefit offered by cycling. The study, Cycling: Getting Australia Moving, funded by the Australian government and prepared by Melbourne University and the Cycling Promotion Fund concluded that thanks to the increased health of cyclists, public health services are spared an estimated $227.2m AUD annually.

They also noted that per 100,000 participants, an individual is seven times more likely to be hospitalised playing football than riding a bicycle. And observed that “the more cyclists there are, the safer it becomes. In fact, if cycling doubles, the risk per kilometre falls by 34%.” The report’s authors were pleased to find that between 2001 and 2006 bicycle journeys to work had risen 22% in Australian capital cities, with Melbourne being the standout, recording over a 42% increase.
With the cost of gas off the charts, maybe Americans should start bicycling more.
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Michael - June 18, 2008 9:14 AM

I live 12 miles from work and I am going to start bicycle commuting next week at least a couple of times per week.

Shelly Mossey - December 26, 2009 10:42 AM

I was cruzin the web for Squeeze powered toys and your blog popped. I Have been a cyclist for the last 30 years! I've bicycle commuted to Manhattan from every corner of the city! I'm totally addicted to my fabulous Easy Racer Recumbent! I mentioned this great blog Ifinf to my wife and she told me that you are the Dr she went to see with Daphne and Margo!

How funny!
I live in Battery Park City and started a blog on family and common scene cycling!

Urban Mobility Project Battery Park NY

Thanks for the all the great info!
Shelly Mossey
Urban Mobility Project -NYC

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