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Biking to work linked to reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, and early death

June 15, 2017
  • By Beverly Merz, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

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Beverly Merz, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

Beverly Merz is Executive Editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch, a publication she helped start in 1993. Before coming to Harvard she was an Associate Editor of JAMA, Managing Editor with the Union of Concerned Scientists, … See Full Bio
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June 20, 2017

My son lives in Cambridge, Mass., and bikes all the time. Last winter, he was hit by a car that turned right across the bike lane without signaling. He still has trouble with his shoulder months later.

Sofia Viguri
June 19, 2017

What about air quality. In big cities with pollution problems, cycling would seem to increase exposure…

Umberto Campia
June 19, 2017

I agree! Also, be mindful of poor road conditions including large and/or deep potholes, rails, road works…

Bruce Gordon
June 19, 2017

If you’re going to encourage cycling in a world of distracted drivers, then you’d better also be promoting the use of effective vision aids such as rearview mirrors. Helmets can only do so much against a 2,000-pound vehicle.

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