This fact sheet was published by the German Institute of Urban Affairs in June 2012. It examines the positive effects of cycling; health problems caused by accidents; how to measure the health effects of cycling; and cycling promotion as a health strategy. It concludes that cycling offers positive health benefits to almost everybody.
The type and intensity of cycling varies from person to person and so too do health benefits.
While the emphasis for young cyclists aged between 20 and 30 is on pleasure, action and overall fitness, cycling offers older cyclists aged between 45 and 60 significant health benefits, such as strengthening the immune system and preventing cardiovascular diseases. For elderly people cycling is important because it helps stabilise their skeletal system and offers antiageing benefits.