There is increasing concern over high levels of congestion and the environmental effect of traffic. Reducing car dependency is a key step towards a better transport future. This paper examines how cycling to work or school can be a sustainable method of transport for shorter journeys, and provide sufficient physical activity to secure a number of significant health benefits. These benefits include reduced risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), overweightness and obesity, cancer of the colon and other diseases, as well as improving psychological wellbeing. The research demonstrates that even moderate amounts of physical activity, if carried out regularly, can achieve increased fitness in as little as 6 weeks. The study examined some of the perceived barriers to cycling, and investigated a number of cycling and health initiatives to establish those features most effective in encouraging individuals to take up cycling. (A) For the covering abstract see IRRD E101107.

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    Crowthorne House, Nine Mile Ride
    Wokingham, Berkshire  United Kingdom  RG40 3GA
  • Authors:
    • PEARCE, L
  • Publication Date: 1999-5


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00765838
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 1 1999 12:00AM