I am afraid that this research may be sponsored by the motor & oil industry.
They do not want to repeat errors of the tobacco industry and attack any alternative lifestyle while it is in the infancy.
These companies boast well populated departments of public relations, "environment supervision", etc., which occupy the whole floors in skyscrapers.
What do you think they are busy with? Playing?
Or did you hear from that "researches" that driving is dangerous? Though it is extremely dangerous, both for drivers and for environment, including people living along the busy streets.
Especially dangerous is the fine rubber dust, produced from tires. Let alone the toxic exhaust and noise.
Besides, the excessive driving literally mutilates people. Do not we see those obese creatures, which seem hardly capable of any sexual activity. But even if they are capable, do they have a chance to meet anyone who really finds them attractive?
Again, in the "developed" countries with the high rate of motorization there is no natural population growth worth mentioning. But in China there has been strong population growth, while the majority of population used the bike as the sole transportation.
I can believe, however, that there could be some health damage due to cycling, as it could happen from typing, for example. It is called RSI (repetitive stress injury). One has to make breaks regularly, stretch, cycle defensively, etc.
But I am 100% convinced that cycling is much more healthy than driving. No one will ever be able to convince me otherwise, because it is self evident.
There is also a health damage, while cycling, which is caused by motorized transport. But it has nothing to do with cycling per se.
It is not unlikely that this "research" coincides with what happens in Western Europe. The Spain and Portugal are ruined by the record oil spill. People are sitting literally in the sh*t up to the ears.
Some cities already do not let cheap oil tankers into their ports. And here we are - empire strikes back. Again the old myth about "infertility" is pulled out into the day light.
Last edited by Max; 12-04-02 at 06:20 AM.