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The Benefits of Bicycling

July 11, 2013 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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If you want to improve your health, reduce your emissions and carbon footprint, slow global warming, skip traffic jams, and reduce your stress all while commuting around town, a bicycle is one great option for you.

If you haven’t biked in a while and you’re looking to get one this summer or tune up your current bicycle here are a few great resources:

Make safety a priority

One of my pet peeves is to see someone riding a bike with their helmet hanging off the handle bars. Don't be worried about ruining your hair, as a crash with a head injury can damage much much more. FYI : Helmets are known to protect against 80% of all serious injuries which lead to approx. 85% of all bicycle deaths. If this isn't enough motivation, you should know that it's against the law not to wear a helmet in BC and you could be fined.

Another pet peeve is to see cyclists zipping in and out of traffic and crossing through bike lanes, sidewalks, and any other path of least resistance like they’re in a race. It’s important to realize that you’re part of the traffic system and you must obey a set of rules to be safe. Here are some good suggestions on how to bike safely and avoid collisions. Our previous Bike-to-Work Week blog also highlights some tips on how to ensure you’re safe while on the road.

If you would like more information on how to bike safely or how to improve your fitness and train on a bike please call the Physical Activity Line. They have some experienced bike riders on the team ready to help you improve your health.

I encourage you to discuss your favorite reasons for riding a bike with the community by starting a discussion below.

Have fun, be safe, and improve your health and your impact on the environment.


References & Resources:

www.bikehub.ca
www.participaction.com

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