Cycling and Well-Being
Well-Being and the Connection to Cycling
As proponents of cycling, we believe in the benefit of riding your bike for our health, the community’s health and our environment. Supporting this, a recent study from Yale showed a strong connection between well-being and the percentage of residents who were able to commute to work by bicycle. Residents who lived in towns and cities where they could commute by bike reported increased feelings of satisfaction and fulfillment. Other studies have shown that in addition to improving well-being, commuting to work on your bike decreases the risk of developing and dying from cancer or heart disease.
Roy et al, in the recent study from Yale, felt that areas with bike-friendly infrastructure support other policies to improve living in that area, further promoting healthy living. In addition, because cycling improves physical health, this promotes an increased sense of well-being.
Again, increased physical activity improves our health and our general well-being. We should remain proponents of safe walking and biking infrastructure in our communities as we support and encourage others to be physically active.
Roy, B., et al. Identifying county characteristics associated with resident well-being: A population based study. PLoS One 13(5), 2018
Celis-Morales Carlos A, Lyall Donald M, Welsh Paul, Anderson Jana, Steell Lewis, Guo Yibing et al. Association between active commuting and incident cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mortality: prospective cohort study BMJ 2017; 357 :j1456