Does Air Pollution Deflate Urban Bikers’ Health?

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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.

Segment Guests

Steven Chillrud

Steven Chillrud is a research professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, New York.

Fred Mogul

Fred Mogul is a health and government reporter for WNYC, New York Public Radio and Gothamist in New York, New York.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.