Communities could see savings through biking to work

08/27/2013 |

Madison County, Ill., and Austin, Texas, are among communities using Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act funds to create or expand bicycle infrastructure and teach people about urban biking. One analysis suggests that Portland, Ore., could see health cost savings as it improves bike infrastructure. A study of 11 cities in the Great Lakes region says that if people do 50% of commutes of 5 miles or less by bike instead of car, 1,100 lives and $7.3 billion annually in health care costs could be saved.

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