Healthy and General

Benefits of bicycling include health, financial and

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For some in Columbia, bicycling is a way of life.

They are committed bicyclists, riding them for all or nearly all of their transportation in town.

The United Nations since 2018 has declared June 3 World Bicycle Day.

“According to the World Health Organization, safe infrastructure for walking and cycling is also a pathway for achieving greater health equity,” the UN website states. “For the poorest urban sector, who often cannot afford private vehicles, walking and cycling can provide a form of transport while reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, diabetes, and even death.

“Accordingly, improved active transport is not only healthy; it is also equitable and cost-effective.”

You wouldn’t need to explain that to Mark Haim, George Smith, Lawrence Simonson or Mike Perkins.

Simonson is CEO of Local Motion, formerly PedNet Coalition.

“I walk and use public transportation occasionally,” Simonson said. “I do not own a car.”