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People who cycle to work or to school have a lower risk of being stressed compared to those who use other modes of transport, according to a new study by ISGlobal. The study, published in BMJ Open, shows that bicycle commuters who cycle at least once a week have a 20% lower risk of being stressed compared to those that never cycle. In fact, those who cycle four days per week reduce their stress risk by 52%.
In general, people tend to use the bicycle more when the commute distance is shorter and when they have public bicycle stations near home and work. The study results also indicate that the risk of being stressed is lower when the urban environment is bicycle-friendly, for example bicycle lanes or public bicycle stations. The study is part of the TAPAS project and was performed with almost 800 healthy adults (18 to 69 years of age) working or studying in Barcelona that responded to a comprehensive telephone survey.
“This is the first study that focuses on the relationship between bicycle commuting and perceived stress”, explains Ione Avila-Palencia, lead author of the study. “We are a fairly stressed society and the conclusions of this study indicate that the bicycle may help reduce stress levels among the population”, she adds.
Avila-Palencia I, de Nazelle A, Cole-Hunter T, Donaire-Gonzalez D, Jerrett M, Rodriguez DA, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ. The relationship between bicycle commuting and perceived stress: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 2017 Jun 23;7(6):e013542.