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Letter: Cars and Bikes Simply Don’t Mix

Published on: 31 Oct, 2013
Updated on: 31 Oct, 2013

Cycle Race ClosuresFrom Bernard Parke

Hon Alderman

It is a long time since I threw a leg over my trusty old Dawes tourer (it’s now exhibited in a museum – some say I should be too!) but I wonder if cycling in our congested town these days is really as healthy as we are told?

The problem seems to be inhaling black carbons of fossil fuels burned in the engines of our motorised road users.

The cyclist, unlike the pedestrians, inhales more deeply, sucking in these chemical agents which can cause irreversible lung  damage.

We are told that even pedestrians using pavement may suffer similar effects to those exposed to passive smoking.

Perhaps more attention should be given to lessen this potential health problems by providing safer cycle ways away from motorised traffic?

This was of course recommended in the Buchanan Report, commissioned by the borough back in the fifties.

The car and the cyclists simply do not make good bed fellows.

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test 2 Responses to Letter: Cars and Bikes Simply Don’t Mix

  1. Keith Reeves Reply

    November 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    To ease Mr Parke’s concerns, my understanding is that the positive health benefits of cycling outweigh the adverse effects of exposure to vehicle emissions.

  2. Bernard Parke Reply

    November 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

    “Traffic fumes are linked to higher lung cancer risks.” This statement has been attributed to Dr. Raaschou Nielsen of the Danish Cancer Research Centre in Copenhagen

    His advise is for cyclists to avoid busy roads and especially rush-hour traffic.

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