City biking – lowering carbon emissions (congestion) and measuring the health risks

Huge advances have been made in recent years in being able to measure pollution exposure at the level of the individual. The most well known recent study on cyclists in NYC is this one in EOS by Rachel Kaufman. Steven Chillrud from the Lamont Observatory is gearing up a cyclist cohort with lots of sensors: “two sensors to measure PM2.5 and black carbon, a GPS device, a biometric shirt called a Hexoskin that measures breathing rates and heart-rate variability, and an automatic blood-pressure reader.” Some early results are in and the good news is that “The exercise benefits from biking almost certainly outweigh the pollution exposure…”

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