The British Medical Journal has released a study documenting the health and transportation habits of British citizens. They found an overwhelming correlation between those who regularly bicycle to work and their avoidance of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Their conclusion reads, “Cycle commuting was associated with a lower risk of CVD, cancer, and all cause mortality. Walking commuting was associated with a lower risk of CVD independent of major measured confounding factors. Initiatives to encourage and support active commuting could reduce risk of death and the burden of important chronic conditions.”
It should be noted that the many circumstances and lifestyle factors cannot be fully controlled for in such an experiment. It could be that those who are bicycle commuting also live in neighborhoods that are generally healthier, safer, and closer to their place of work. Our team is always looking to promote cycling as an option for people, though these encouragements must be based in the complicated reality of people’s diverse lives. We are, however, pleased to see that cycling does indeed contribute to one’s health and avoidance of disease!