The health benefits are one of the main reasons the BC Cycling Coalition is recommending the BC Government invest $1 billion over ten years to enable all the people of the province to cycle, walking or use other light-weight mobility devices for their daily trips. A recent study reports that "Cyclists in the Netherlands live on average six months longer than their non-biking counterparts. Each year about 6,500 deaths are prevented in the country."
The average Dutch person cycles about 75 minutes each week. That accounts for over a quarter of all trips made. We knew that our cycling culture made us healthier, but it wasn’t until recently that we learnt just how much. Researchers from Utrecht combined cycling statistics with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) new computational tool for the study.
More at: Dutch bikers live six months longer
More on Our Recommendations at:A Transportation Plan for All
Please write the Minister of Health to encourage the BC Government to make cycling and walking safe and comfortable for everyone in in the Province by implementing a comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy which includes investing $1 billion over 10 years in networks of separated paths and lanes.