The bicycle, a way to live better

Neus Vives

January 26, 2018

In recent years there has been an impressive increase in the number of people who use bicycles as a means of transport both for work and for everyday life and is now a great alternative to the car, the motorcycle or the public transport. The explanation is found in the number of advantages that it presents and make it a fast, safe, green and healthy transport.
Individual benefits
· It is ideal for getting in shape: the bicycle is an ideal cardiovascular exercise where you use large muscle groups and does not have an impact on your joints, such as running.
· To improve health: like any type of physical activity, at the level and in the same way, it is effective in preventing many diseases and factors of cardiovascular risk: obesity, hypertension, triglycerides, glucose intolerance, etc. It also reduces the risk of suffering certain types of cancer, osteoporosis and facilitates sound conciliation.
· It improves the quality of life and increases the life expectancy.
· It saves time: it is calculated that in short trips below 8 km, the bike is faster than the rest of the transport and the parking lot is also much faster.
· To save money: less cost of purchase and maintenance than the car or motorcycle. There is no expense in fuel, no parking, no taxes, insurance ...
· For fun and enjoyment: as all physical activity gives the sensation of well-being for the release of endorphin and the discharge of tension. It makes us arrive with better humor at work, more relaxed and concentrated. And at the same time it allows us to enjoy the people and the landscape.
Benefits that revert to the whole population
· It contributes to the reduction of environmental and acoustic contamination. Now that the pollution has reached such high levels that the circulation of cars must be restricted is the time to take the bike. We help you breathe better and feel less noise in the city.
· Energy saving: it does not consume petroleum derivatives or other energies and also reduces the energy cost in the construction of the bike.
· Reduction of accidents: the number of bicycle accidents is lower than those of car or motorcycle. It moderates the overall speed of the motor transit while reducing its own accidents. To avoid accidents, it is important to know how to drive the bike: make it visible, mark the action you are going to do, do not bump into the sidewalk or the cars and of course respect all the transit signals. In the event of an accident the cyclist is always the one who is most ill-styled so it is highly recommended to use a helmet.
· Improves mobility within the city: it defrosts traffic, the volume of traffic is reduced, the bike occupies 5 fewer times than the car. Also they win spaces of citizen coexistence.
Barcelona, ​​of the best cities for cyclists
At the moment, the City Council of Barcelona promotes a plan to promote the use of bicycles as a means of travel within the city. It provides for the expansion of cycling infrastructure, ensuring security and minimizing conflicts with other public users.
On this website you will find all the information necessary for users of this transport: lanes, news, current activities, courses, regulations, how to drive safely, etc.
Business initiatives are also beginning to emerge that encourage their workers to go to work by bicycle giving economic incentives for each kilometer.
Barcelona occupies the position number 11 in the ranking of the best cities in the world for cycling. No need to think more, we encourage you to use the bicycle as a travel companion, we all win.

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Neus Vives

Head of the Health Department of Claror Cartagena

Medical specialist in Physical Education and Sports Medicine (UB)

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