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Expanding designated cycling networks in cities could provide considerable health and economic benefits. This is the conclusion of an analysis of data from 167 European cities. If 1 in every 4 citizens would choose the bicycle for daily commuting in all the cities having built bike lanes in all the streets, over 10,000 premature deaths could be avoided annually.
“This is the first study evaluating the potential associations between cycling network length, the use of the bicycle and associated health impacts across European cities”, states Natalie Mueller, ISGlobal researcher and first author of the paper. The health impact assessment conducted showed that a routine shift in the transport mode to cycling is positive for health due to the associated increase in physical activity, “whose benefits outweigh detrimental effects of air pollution and traffic incidents”, adds Mueller. - RF/PRBB
Natalie Mueller, et.al. Health impact assessment of cycling network expansions in European cities. Preventive Medicine, January 2018