[Cycling to achieve healthy and sustainable alternatives]

Cien Saude Colet. 2012 Jun;17(6):1617-28. doi: 10.1590/s1413-81232012000600024.
[Article in Portuguese]


The quest for healthier cities and citizens has contributed to the strengthening of public policies championing the bicycle as a means of transportation and offering benefits to individual wellbeing in various countries, however there is also an increased risk of accidents. The scope of this review is to analyze scientific output dealing with the relationship between cycling as a means of transportation and public health. PubMed, LILACS and SciELO were the chosen databases used in the research and 66 complete articles were selected. The results show that concern about this theme is recent, especially in developing countries. The most recurrent topics raised by the researchers were: traffic safety, public policies and the effects of cycling on health. We concluded that the decision to use the bicycle as a means of transportation occurs in a very heterogeneous manner, albeit with potentially greater impacts in developing countries where the inclusion of this theme in the research agendas related to the promotion of active transport, health and traffic safety is a matter of urgency.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bicycling*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Public Health / methods*
  • Public Policy
  • Transportation / methods*