#89: MAKING LONDONERS HEALTHIER. Studies show that cycling protects against heart disease, stroke, obesity, dementia, diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers, while supporting healthy bones, muscles, joints and even sleep patterns. All this goes to show that non-cyclists' concerns about safety are the least of their worries: it has been estimated that the health benefits of cycling outweigh any risks by a factor of 20 to 1.
In helping to encourage new cyclists, a London Cycle Map would make the capital a much healthier place. Given that some London boroughs have been cited as potentially among the unhealthiest areas in Britain, more Londoners on bikes can only be a good thing. The London Cycle Map would pay for itself countless times over in money saved by the NHS.