Cycling benefits against heart disease
According to the British Heart Foundation, cycling at least 20 miles per week reduces the risk of coronary heart disease to less than half that for non-cyclists. As a low-impact exercise - with the bike acting as a supportive frame - cycling reduces the risk of injuries for young cyclists. For older cyclists, there is a reduced risk of hip fracture and developing conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. However, cycling among children has recently been in decline, with only 4 per cent of youngsters biking to school. While one in three parents was allowed to cycle to school as youngsters, only 18 per cent allow their children to do so today.