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HEALTH IMPACTS OF URBAN BICYCLING IN MEXICO

February 2021

Mexico is one of the largest Latin American countries, with high levels of sedentarism and non-communicable diseases. 

This study quantifies the health impacts of Mexico urban bicycling scenarios.

The study found that bicycling promotion in Mexico would provide important health benefits. The benefits of physical activity outweigh the risk from traffic fatalities and air pollution exposure in bicyclists.

 

At the national level, Mexico could consider using sustainable transport policies as a tool to promote public health. Specifically, the support of active transportation through bicycling and urban design improvements could encourage physical activity and its health co-benefits.