In a new article by Adamo Anthony Donovan, Cole-Atma Dev, and Samuel Gagnon-Smith in Healthy Debate, the authors argue that promoting cycling can lead to improved public and environmental health. They believe that bike infrastructure should be better to increase physical activity levels, reduce pollution, and support Vision Zero initiatives aimed at preventing serious injuries and road deaths.
The authors also emphasize the importance of health care teams educating the public about the positive impacts of cycling and debunking common misconceptions that discriminate against vulnerable road users. They argue that helmet laws do not necessarily improve safety and that cyclists are not always to blame for accidents. Statistics show that cyclists actually follow traffic laws and are not the primary cause of accidents.
The article aims to challenge negative attitudes towards cycling by challenging societal norms and anecdotal experiences. The authors believe that promoting cycling as a means of improving public and environmental health is essential for a healthier future.