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Re: [CarFree] Re: Yet another reason to bike commute

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  • John Snyder
    ... ... In conjunction with the above stats for vehicle choice, it might be interesting to note that Ischemic heart disease was the leading cause of
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 31, 2000
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      FolderPete@... quoted:

      > According to the US Statistical Abstract for 1999,
      > Cars (& trucks) = 91.4%
      > Public Transit = 5.5%
      > Other = 3.1%
      <snip>
      > http://www.census.gov/prod/99pubs/99statab/sec21.pdf

      In conjunction with the above stats for vehicle choice, it might be
      interesting to note that Ischemic heart disease was the leading
      cause of death during 1999. In North America the grim reaper's
      number five choice of weapon was the motor vehicle accident,
      which was a scant one-tenth of one percent behind lung cancer.

      Reference:
      http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0779147.html

      It's tempting to make a logic leap by combining these two elements
      (epidemic use of motorized transport, and leading causes of mortality)
      to the recently published AMA study's conclusion. Daily bicycle
      commuting exhibits a preventive effect in regard to fatal
      heart disease.

      One thing is certain. Walking and riding your bicycle as often as
      practical is a healthy and responsible adult behavior.

      Jeanne Calment who recently passed on, lived to be 122 years old. "She
      reached French retirement age, of 65, the year France was invaded by
      Hitler's Nazis in 1940. But Calment's resilience kept her cycling until
      she was 100, smoking until she was 117, dreaming and cracking jokes at
      120."

      http://detnews.com/1997/obits/9708/04/08040139.htm


      John Snyder
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