Who cycles routinely for transportation?


Bloomberg News

In Chicago, we’re fortunate to have 36 miles of lakefront path with minimal need to cross auto traffic.  This is good for recreation.

However, riding the streets can be a little more challenging, as described in the WSJ:

Some estimates say daily bicycle ridership in New York City has nearly doubled since 2005.  Daily ridership is up—some estimates say it has nearly doubled since 2005—after years of tepid growth.

During each morning rush, thousands of riders cross the four main East River bridges. Bikes crowd the Hudson River Greenway and are on the rise along First and Second Avenues, where the city has installed lanes protected from traffic by rows of parked cars. The city’s streets now include 482 miles of lanes and a total of 1,800 miles are planned by 2030…

Biking in New York is safer today than during any time in the city’s history.

But there are challenges:

Pedestrians who routinely jaywalk and stand in bike lanes; a woman pushing a man in a wheelchair down the protected bike lane on Broadway; a bike messenger racing through a red light on Sixth Avenue; cars that use bike lanes as passing lanes; wrong-way cycling along the protected lane on First Avenue.

I can’t ride very long on a regular bike, due to my neck surgeries; I need to get a recumbent, but I don’t like how they look or feel.

Remember:  Women (even those already overweight or obese) who do any biking, or walk BRISKLY, are less likely to be gain weight.  Let’s get moving, ladies!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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