I have been following the near misses thread recently and with my own daily hectic commute started to wonder whether it is all worth it... definitely so according to a new paper:
Hopefully our city planners also read the bmj...
I posted a few bits about it in the Jan and Klodi thread, starting here.
Exercise in cutting risk of disease shocker
In all seriousness though definitely the best way to travel to work if possible, clear head and less stress than the car
It's very striking how much lower the incidences of cancer and cardiovascular disease are, as well as the mortality rates.
I suppose there may be some confounding, in that people who decide to cycle are unlikely to be people with underlying health problems, but it's a BIG difference between people who commute by bike and people who use non-active modes. Even walking does nowhere near as well.
Yeah it's the same with all these types of studies re exercise and nutrition, you can't get away from the confounding factors but they are what they are. The numbers are still great.
Hopefully the helmet & hi-vis brigade will too, and then take note of what happened in the other country that tried out their notion!
Totally agree. The differences are so big that confounding can't explain very much of it.
That's just it. The balance of evidence is that habitual cycling is extremely good for you. Like, as good for you as giving up smoking (should you do it in the first place!). The balance of evidence is that cycling isn't all that dangerous and that attempts to make people take up certain safety strategies drop the number of people cycling, and have negligible effect on collision rates and outcomes.
But people just can't believe it.
Or don't want to!
I was just thinking the other day as I whizzed past a long line of cars in the PP, how many of those people were going to drive to a gym to do their workout when they could just get on a bike, get home quicker and exercise done for the day
Someone on Twitter tells me that they did control for comorbidities (underlying health problems). Think I'll give it a read later.
Probably very few in reality.
My cycles to and from work are the best parts of my day. Its the bit in between I'm not so keen on.
Sometimes people are genuinely concerned. But I'm thinking that in the majority of cases it's just making excuses for not getting off your hole.
I came across some alternative methodological criticisms on Twitter: