Most health professionals agree that cycling is good for health, but Toronto doctors are going a step further and arguing that bike lanes save lives. Dr. Tomislav Svoboda has released an open letter asking the Toronto city council to save lives by installing more bike lanes.
This isn’t the first time Svoboda has been vocal about his opposition to city officials’ lack of cycling support. The good doctor has an arrest record for civil disobedience from a November 2012 kerfuffle over the removal of Jarvis Street bike lanes.
Two weeks ago Svoboda held a press conference explaining how increasing bike lanes can save lives, referencing the six cycling fatalities in Toronto in 2012 as well as the benefits of biking as exercise. On CleanTechnica we’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: the benefits of biking include saving money, reducing air pollution, losing weight, repairing the brain.
Dr. Svoboda is not the first medicine man to push city officials to support biking initiatives. In 2010, more than 150 medical professionals sent a letter to New York City Mayor Bloomberg urging for pedestrian and bicycling safety improvements.
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