A new study has found that people who ride their bikes daily are actually less likely to fall and sustain injuries than those who do not.
Researchers at the University of Oxford analysed data from the UK’s biggest bike shop chain, Cycle Retailers, and compared it to a survey of more than 1,000 people in a number of countries.
The study found that in a series of tests conducted over the course of seven years, a person who regularly rode their bike for 15 minutes a day was less likely than someone who did not to fall or sustain a knee injury.
“There is some evidence that the frequency of daily cycling may be protective against injury,” the researchers said in their paper published in the journal PLoS One.
“However, this may be due to the relatively small number of people that cycle daily in this country, and the large differences in prevalence between different countries.”
Researchers found that the average age of people who regularly cycled was 37, compared with 36 in Europe and 27 in the US.
Cycle Retailers CEO Matthew Brown said: “Cycle retailers are well aware that the more people who cycle, the better for our businesses.
But the bigger issue is how many people actually cycle.
We know that there is a strong correlation between people cycling and their overall health and wellbeing.”
Dr Brown said that the study showed that cyclists were more likely to suffer from the effects of their lifestyle on their health than those not cycling.
“It’s important to remember that the data we have shows that people do cycle at least 15 minutes every day,” he said.
“And people who do cycle are more likely than not to suffer the effects from their lifestyle.”
The researchers said that while the link between cycling and injury was clear, there were other possible reasons why people cycle.
For instance, people who cycled frequently were more at risk of having knee injuries.
But Dr Brown said the most important lesson was that people should not assume that if they do not cycle regularly, they will never suffer a serious injury.
“People can take action to improve their health and well-being by choosing to cycle,” he added.
You can read the full study here