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Helsinki’s bicycle highway and other great innovations to build healthier cities

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If Finns can bike commute, so can you.

Actually, the Finns seem like they're ahead of the curve on healthy cities.

But thank you for believing in me. 

The way cities are set up can determine whether we feel compelled to use a car or bus to get to work, instead of our legs or a bike. Opting for the latter, the public health argument goes, is hugely beneficial on a variety of fronts. There's goodevidence that cities designed to be walkable and bike-friendly carry both health and environmental benefits. Researchers in Barcelona, for example, recently measured the risks and benefits of the city's bike-sharing scheme, Bicing. They found that it got more people cycling, and reduced carbon dioxide emissions in the city.

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