21 April 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Cycling to work makes you live longer and reduces the chance of adverse cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer, according to a study.
Research, conducted by The University of Glasgow and published in the British Medical Journal, finds that commuting by cycle and by mixed mode including cycling were associated with longer life expectancy.
The study involved 263-450 participants from 22 sites across the UK. The study examined the mode of transport used (walking, cycling, mixed mode versus non-active (car or public transport) to commute to and from work on a typical day. Cycling to work is associated with a 45 per cent lower risk of developing cancer and a 46 per cent lower risk of heart disease compared to a “non-active commute”.
The study concluded that policies designed to encourage more people to adopt active modes of commuting, particularly by cycle (eg, cycle lanes, city bike hire, subsidised cycle purchase schemes, and increasing provision for cycles on public transport) may present “major opportunities for the improvement of public health”.