For the most part we ride our bikes because we love to ride. Some do it because they have to, others live close enough to work and even some just like the challenge or figuring out how much money they kept in their pockets rather than it going out the exhaust pipe.
However, I can’t help but wonder….now that we’re on the road with a thousand other cars around us. How unhealthy could bicycling be? I’ve gotten stuck behind cars and buses that spew out smoke right at my face and couldn’t breathe because of the junk.
Then by the time I get home I can’t fully take in a lung full of air because I start coughing. So I’m curious to know could the benefits of commuting to work be out weighed by the health risks such as smog and even bicycle related accidents?