November 6, 2011
Scientific journal Environmental Health Perspectives recently published a study about the many economic and health benefits of more people replacing short car trips with alternate transportation. Several billion dollars and over 1,000 lives each year would be saved due to cleaner air, lower health care costs and increased physical health.
The study focused on the impact of replacing half of all short car trips (5 miles or less) with bicycle use. The major health benefit included a decrease in tiny particles that enter the throat and can cause asthma. Even if you don’t completely change your commute or daily routines, consider switching even one short trip a week to a bicycle in order to improve both air quality and your own health.
Read the full article here.
Increased Use of Bikes for Commuting Offers Economic, Health Benefits