Cycling to work doesn’t just add zest to your life it also adds years to your life, find academics time and time again.
Carlton ReidMay 1, 2018
Analysis of commute modes of more than a quarter of a million British workers found that cycle commuters had 41 percent lower chance of dying over the five-year study period than people who drive to work.
Many previous studies from around the world have reported similar findings but this study – published in the British Medical Journal last year – was important because of its size. The records of 263,450 people were used for the study, all taken from the UK Biobank, a population-based health resource.
The records were selected from 22 sites around the UK by researchers at Glasgow University who looked for cardiovascular disease, cancer and all-cause mortality.
Cycle commuting was associated with a lower risk of all three. Walking to work was also found to be beneficial to health, but not as beneficial as cycling.