A new study published by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygeine concludes what most of us bike commuters already knew: active transportation is good for you.
From the report:
- Physical inactivity contributes to one in eight deaths annually among New Yorkers aged 30 and older from cardiovascular disease (including heart disease and stroke), cancer, and diabetes— an estimated 6,300 deaths a year.
- Regular physical activity such as brisk walking or biking for two and a half hours a week (a half hour every weekday) lowers risk of premature death by more than 20%.
- Brisk walking or biking for a half hour every weekday reduces heart disease risk.
- Regular brisk walking for 20 to 30 minutes per day can reduce diabetes risk by 30%.
- On average, people who walk or bike to work get more than an hour of active transportation time daily.
- New Yorkers who walk or bike to work get more than 40 minutes more combined transportation and recreation physical activity per day than those who use a personal car or taxi.
- New Yorkers who take public transportation for most of their commute get almost half an hour more daily combined transportation and recreation physical activity than those who use a personal car or taxi.