HOT BLAST: Rolling toward health and sex-appeal
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An early morning start time of 7:30 made for long shadows cast by cyclists participating in the Woodland-Calhoun Century Challenge cycling event Sunday morning.  (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
An early morning start time of 7:30 made for long shadows cast by cyclists participating in the Woodland-Calhoun Century Challenge cycling event Sunday morning. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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New research suggests riding a bicycle can improved a rider's health:

A study led by Dr. Thomas Götschi of the Institute of Social and Preventative Medicine at the University of Zurich examined the costs and benefits of bicycling in Portland, OR. Götschi’s findings are startling: “By 2040, investments [in everyday bicycling in the USA] in the range of $138 to $605 million will result in health care cost savings of $388 to $594 million (…) and savings in value of statistical lives of $7 to $12 billion.” Götschi’s study is the first cost-benefit analysis of investments in bicycling.

A study conducted by Jonathan Patz and Maggie Grabow of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and published in Environmental Health Perspectives looked to quantify the benefits of reduced car usage in 11 metropolitan areas in the upper Midwestern United States. The study found that replacing short car trips with biking could net health benefits of $4.94 billion per year in the study area. Mortality could also decline by roughly 1,000 per year due to increased fitness levels and improved air quality.

Then there's the recent study of cycling faster and sex-appeal:

The Tour de France is a bike race, not a beauty contest. But winners tend to be hotter than losers, new research finds.

As soon as we find the study that connects bicycling to wealth, you'll be the first to know.

In the meantime, here are a couple of local dates for cyclists to mark on their calendars:



 
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