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20/4/2018

ISGlobal: Using bikes instead of cars could avoid up to 73 deaths per year in Europe

ISGlobal: Using bikes instead of cars could avoid up to 73 deaths per year in Europe


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If all public bicycle trips were made by previous car users, 73 deaths and 226 million euros would be saved every year. These are the conclusions of a new study by the ISGlobal.

The study, published in the journal Environment International, analyses the 12 most important bicycle sharing systems in Europe in 6 countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain. Isabel Otero, ISGlobal researcher and first author of the study, underlines that the results show health benefits, particularly for mechanical bicycles, in all cities studied. “The positive health impacts are mainly due to an increase in physical activity”, she explains. For example, in Barcelona, bicing saves one death and 2.5 million euros every year.

 

More information:
ISGlobal website

Reference article:
I. Otero, M. Nieuwenhuijsen, D. Rojas-Rueda. Health impacts of bike sharing systems in Europe. Environment International. April 2018. doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2018.04.014