The study followed 260,000 UK citizens over five years. Researchers found that those who regularly commute by bicycle reduce their risk of developing cancer by 45%, heart disease by 46%, and risk of death from any cause by 41%.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal, also noted that “active commuting”, meaning cycling or walking to work, is a recommended way to work exercise into one’s daily routine because it is easier than going to the gym.
“You need to get to work every day so if you built cycling into the day it essentially takes willpower out of the equation,” Dr. Jason Gill of the University of Glasgow told the BBC News website.
“What we really need to do is change our infrastructure to make it easier to cycle—we need bike lanes, to make it easier to put bikes on trains, showers at work,” he added.