Biking has increased dramatically in popularity over the past decade. From 1999 to 2009, there was a 64% increase in bike commuters. A whopping 54% of all bike trips were solely for transportation. With such a huge increase in demand for bike-friendly areas, 47% of Americans are volleying for more bicycle friendly areas in their communities. These communities are responding by creating bike-sharing programs. New York City, New York, has a bike program with 7,000 bicycles and 420 stations. Chicago, Illinois, created a bike sharing program with 3,000 bikes and 300 stations, and Washington DC adopted a program that shares 3,700 bikes and 330 stations. The health benefits of biking are clear. 82% of bikers believe that after using their bicycle to commute, they’ve seen a positive impact on their health. Women who bike 30 minutes a day see decreased chances of breast cancer, and in young people that bike regularly, 48% will have less trouble with weight problems as they age. But everyone can benefit from more exercise:-More than 1/3 of U.S. adults are considered obese.
-18% of children ages 6-11 are obese.
-Less than 1/3 of Americans are getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, the CDC’s recommended minimum.
-For each hour per day someone spends driving, there is a 6% increase in the chance of obesity.
-Excess body weight is possibly responsible for more than 100,000 new cancer diagnoses in the U.S. each year.
-Exercising regularly helps stave off depression and raises self-esteem.
Biking is also money well spent. For every dollar spent biking, you reap 11.80 in benefits. So what are you waiting for? -www.onlinematersinpublichealth.com.
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