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Ride for your life

Cyclists should not be made to feel like second-class citizens.

Richard Larouche from the University of Ottawa and Rebecca Abbott from the University of Queensland are concerned that cycling is not portrayed as a legitimate mode of transportation in media campaigns.

In a letter published in the April issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, they argue that the benefits associated with cycling clearly exceed loss of life from accidents.

“Studies have shown that people who ride to work have significantly lower risks of cardiovascular disease,” said Mr Larouche.

“Also, the risk of traffic accidents involving cyclists is generally lower when there are more cyclists on the road.

“Cycling improves public health and, importantly, is good for the environment.”