Your cycling fallacy is…
“When cycling, you breathe in more air pollution”
This claim does make sense on a superficial level – cycling, even gently for transport, increases your heart rate and your breathing, therefore cycling will cause people to breathe in more of the airborne pollution produced by motor vehicles.
But many studies have shown that the air quality is worse inside motor vehicles. Harmful polluted air builds inside motor vehicles, which means that the people sat inside them breathe more polluted air than people outside them.
- Can air pollution negate the health benefits of cycling and walking? — ScienceDirect
- Walking and cycling good for health even in cities with higher levels of air pollution — University of Cambridge (UK)
- Differences in cyclists and car drivers exposure to air pollution from traffic in the city of Copenhagen — ScienceDirect
- Smoking in cars is banned. But children still inhale toxic fumes in backseats — The Guardian
- Higher air pollution health risk inside car, study finds — Air Quality News
- City cyclists: here's how much pollution you're actually inhaling — Vice News
- Cyclists exposed to the least air pollution on the morning commute — Evening Standard
- Air pollution more harmful to children in cars than outside, warns top scientist — The Guardian
- Cyclists ‘exposed to less air pollution than drivers’ on busy routes — The Guardian
- Is urban cycling worth the risk? — Financial Times
- Прогулянки і катання на велосипедах корисні навіть у містах з поганою якістю повітря — Українська правда
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