Gallery: New Study Shows That Bike Sharing Programs Actually Save Lives

image © Marcbel via Wikimedia Commons
 

We have long touted the benefits and general awesomeness of bike sharing. Not only are bikes a cheap and easy way to zip around cities, but swapping a gas-guzzling car for pedal-powered two-wheeler is one of the easiest ways to curb carbon emissions and make our world a greener place. But now we have an even better reason to promote bike sharing: they actually save lives. A new study published by the British Medical Journal looked at Barcelona’s bike sharing program and found that the benefits of bike shares contributed to 12 less deaths every year.

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