• Study: Billions could be saved if more people biked

    by  • March 15, 2012 • Economics, Health, No Digest • 0 Comments

    WEAU.com — If you’re heading to the store you might want to grab your bike instead of your car. A study out of UW-Madison says if everyone ditched their cars, health care costs could be reduced by billions of dollars.

    People out biking say Wednesday was a perfect day to get out the bike. However most of the riders we talked to say they pedal for more than just exercise.

    “I use it as a transport I don’t have a car so I use it to get around Eau Claire,” says Peggy Osthelder.

    “We bike to class, yea pretty much any what ever is close and if it’s a nice day,” says Tiffany Moy.

    “I think maybe we get spoiled with our cars but put a basket on like this you can haul some groceries home,” says Jim Springer.

    A lot of people were getting out on two wheels and pedaling because of the nice weather. However a new study shows if all of the 31-million people living in the upper Midwest used a bike instead of a car for half of their short trips and errands, about $8-billion in health care costs could be saved. It also says nearly 1,300 deaths could be avoided.  [Continue reading…]

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