is the current wife inclined to consider factual evidence...? riding a bike to work will make you more likely to live long enough to dance at your kids' weddings and meet your great-grandchildren...
"Compared with car users the estimated annual change in mortality of the Barcelona residents using Bicing (n = 181,982) was 0.03 deaths from road traffic incidents and 0.13 deaths from air pollution. As a result of physical activity, 12.46 deaths were avoided (benefit:risk ratio 77). The annual number of deaths avoided was 12.28.
" - The health risks and benefits of cycling in urban environments compared with car use: health impact assessment study
- BMJ. 2011 Aug 4;343:d4521. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d4521.
if you ignore the deaths from air pollution and only look at traffic crashes, that gives a benefit:risk ratio of 415!
"For individuals who shift from car to bicycle, we estimated that beneficial effects of increased physical activity are substantially larger (3-14 months gained) than the potential mortality effect of increased inhaled air pollution doses (0.8-40 days lost) and the increase in traffic accidents (5-9 days lost).
" - Do the health benefits of cycling outweigh the risks?
- Environ Health Perspect. 2010 Aug;118(8):1109-16. Epub 2010 Jun 11.
"Within the moderately and highly active persons, sports participants experienced only half the mortality of nonparticipants. Bicycling to work decreased risk of mortality in approximately 40% after multivariate adjustment, including leisure time physical activity.
" - All-cause mortality associated with physical activity during leisure time, work, sports, and cycling to work.
Arch Intern Med. 2000 Jun 12;160(11):1621-8.
essentially, you're taking a small risk that something catastrophically bad might happen, and reducing a substantial risk that you'll die of old age, before you're old. hell, you could die in a car crash while driving a car; that happens to about 30K-40K people every year in the US, and about 1.6M, globally, IIRC. maybe you should just stay home...? but most accidental deaths occur at home... in fact you're 50% more likely to die of an accident in your home than in your car!
people suck at risk assessment. especially loving wives