Does Air Pollution Deflate Urban Bikers’ Health?
Biking is speeding up: The number of commuters biking to work has increased 60 percent in the last decade, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. Exercise is one of the top benefits for cyclists, but the health effects of air pollution on riders is less well-known. WNYC Healthcare and Medicine Reporter Fred Mogul and geochemist Steven Chillrud describe their study to map out biking air quality around New York City.
Steven Chillrud is a research professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, New York.
Fred Mogul is a health and government reporter for WNYC, New York Public Radio and Gothamist in New York, New York.
Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.