I know biking makes me feel better but I will admit that I wondered what risks I was really taking out there in the road on my bike. Then I went to the LAB conference this summer and they mentioned a study that showed that biking actually extended your life. Things got hectic and it slipped my mind but today there was a post in a local blog mentioning the study and I had to share it. A study conducted by the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands indicates that biking is great for your health even when you adjust for dangers such as air pollution. Furthermore, making the switch from driving to biking adds 3 – 14 MONTHS to your life expectancy.
Now, admittedly, the Netherlands has an amazing biking infrastructure. Also the gains are greater for the elderly and for previously sedentary people. Of specific interest to our community is the fact that car accidents are really high for people between the ages of 18 – 24 so shifting this poipulation to the bike makes the roads safer for everyone. But go ahead and read the study yourself. It is an interesting read. Then commit to biking in few more days a month.