Researchers at UCD and Trinity College have found that young men who switch from driving to cycling are in particular danger on Irish roads.
While making the switch is seen as beneficial and can see a reduction in conditions such as cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, dementia, depression and type II diabetes, the demographic faces a greater risk through toxic emissions from cars and other motorised vehicles.
Bidisha Ghosh, senior author of the report said:
“Commuting to work by bicycle generally brings about considerable physical and mental health benefits for the cyclists, as well as benefiting the rest of the local population through avoidance of toxic emissions and other negative impacts of motorised transport.
“However, individuals who cycle are also exposed to increased air pollution doses and an increased risk of traffic collision and injury. The results of this work show that cities promoting a shift from driving to cycling should focus on providing safer cycling infrastructure and cleaner air to keep cycling as the healthiest choice of city commute.”