Can bike commuting save the world?

Bike commuting offers both environmental and health benefits.

Bike commuting offers both environmental and health benefits.

In Denmark, the average person cycles some 600 miles per year.

That was the fun fact that jumped out in the review of an article from the English newspaper The Guardian that made the case for biking as a way to take a meaningful bite out of Europe's carbon emissions.

If the entire European Union boasted average cycling miles like Denmark's the region's emissions would drop by 25 percent. This according to the European Cycling Foundation.

But a cool infographic from a Northwest coalition of health care management advocates also points out the health benefits of bike commuting. For example: The average worker will lose 13 pounds in their first year of biking to work.

New Years resolutions anyone?

The group also posits that Portland's investment in bike-commuting infrastructure will save the city millions in health care expenses.

Editor's note: Joseph Rose at the Oregonian ran a report Friday pointing out that the biking infographic appears to be some kind of a scam. We're looking into but wanted to share this information with readers.

Biking And Health
Created by: Healthcare Management Degree

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