New research on the dangers of cycling vs dangers of inactivity

Do you ever into those concerned discussions about the dangers of cycling? Well there is a news article from The Guardian of the UK that should help you counter those concerns. The key point is worth quoting in full:

“All activities carry a risk. For some reason there seems to be strong focus on the risk of injury associated with cycling. Clearly, when deaths do takes place that’s tragic, and we need to do all we can to avoid them. But I think there is a perception that cycling is much more dangerous than it really is.

This focus on the dangers of cycling is something to do with the visibility of them, and the attention it’s given. What we don’t notice is that if you were to spend an hour a day riding a bike rather than being sedentary and driving a car there’s a cost to that sedentary time. It’s silent, it doesn’t get noticed. What we’re talking about here is shifting the balance from that invisible danger of sitting still towards the positive health benefits of cycling.” – Dr. Harry Rutter, National Obesity Observatory, UK

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