Tailpipes break hearts

by Shana on Jul. 08th, 2011

Road biking: Are there more ways to protect cyclists?
Road biking: Are there more ways to protect cyclists?Courtesy TheBeachSaint
I bet you're looking for another guilt trip about driving, and you're in luck. It turns out that exhaust fumes on shared roads pose a threat to cyclists. Researchers at the University of Ottawa, Canada, found that after riding in heavy traffic for a short time, cyclists had heart irregularities associated with an increased risk of heart attack.

A main part of the risk comes from being close to the tailpipes, where riders breathe in pollution before it can form larger molecules less likely to lodge deeply in their tissue. The study authors suggested that cyclists use side streets rather than main arteries, and that cities build bike lanes on side streets or build barriers protecting bike lanes. These measures would improve safety, too. Can you think of other possible solutions? Or are you just gonna sit around feeling guilty?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

It sounds easiest to just feel guilty. And you say I'm allowed to sit during that? I'll do that.

posted on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 3:30pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Or maybe I can bike without breathing? Or in, say, a scuba mask?

posted on Fri, 07/08/2011 - 3:36pm

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