Health and the Bicycle
The relationship between cycling and health is complex and fascinating.
For the individual cyclist, cycling is associated with heart and lung health, hypertension management, stroke reduction, core and leg strength, balance, and its low impact, therefor less stressful on joints and tendons than many other sports.
For a community and for the planet, private automobile trips are a major contributor to air pollution. So shifting as many people as possible to bike trips has a general public health benefit to the health of a community.
And motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of Americans under the age of 35, claiming over 30,000 lives a year. Every trip we convert to a bike trip reduces the time we spend behind the wheel and the opportunity for that trip to cause a crash that causes injury to a community.