Bike paths what the doctor ordered
The new bike lanes the city is installing are getting a lot of attention. As a family physician, I am excited. Physical activity is associated with lower risk for chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and some types of cancer. With the cost of health care growing every year, we need to be putting more effort into prevention.
I spend most of my day working with patients to find ways to increase their physical activity. Active transportation is an important solution for their physical and mental health. My family practice is downtown and many of my patients live in the core. These lanes will allow my patients to get active in a safe, protected environment.
By building safe cycling paths, more people will leave their cars at home. Every person who uses the bike lanes is one less car stuck in traffic. These bike lanes are the result of many meetings including input from international experts on urban design and planning.
I look forward to bike lanes being expanded to other parts of the city. I encourage Edmontonians to try the new bike lanes, but be warned, you may just prefer it to your car. Dr. Doug Klein, Edmonton