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Peter Sagan joins Arnold Schwarzenegger in urging commuters to swap cars for bikes

World champion sends video message to Terminator star and to Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo as C40 Cities group publishes research

Peter Sagan has joined Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger in urging people to swap their car for a bike for their everyday journeys.


In a video message, Sagan gave his support to the efforts of former governor of California Schwarzenegger and Mayor of Pairs Anne Hidalgo to get more people cycling for their daily journeys.

Sagan, who is cycling ambassador for the C40 Cities group whose members comprise major metropolises around the world, sent the message from Mallorca, where he was on a training camp with his Bora-Hansgrohe team.

The video coincided with the action movie star turned politician Schwarzenegger, founder of R20 – Regions of Climate Action, joining Hidalgo in publicising research conducted by C40 Cities highlighting the benefits of an active commute.

The publication of the research comes ahead of Paris hosting the One Planet summit on Tuesday 12 December, with findings including that in the French capital, measures taken to improve air quality will avoid some 400 premature deaths each year, and that average life expectancy of the city’s residents will be increased by 21 days.

Should all C40 Cities – of which London is one – reduce their levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in line with the Green & Healthy Streets Declaration, issued in April, more than 45,000 premature deaths around the world could be avoided each year.

The research also found that leaving the car at home and switching to an active commute, based on 30 minutes of cycling or walking, could lead to:

23 per cent reduced risk of heart disease

23 per cent reduced risk of stroke

15 per cent reduced risk of type 2 diabetes

14 per cent reduced risk of depression

12 per cent reduced risk of breast cancer

11 per cent reduced risk of dementia, and

8 per cent reduced risk of colon cancer.

Hidalgo, who chairs C40 Cities, said: “As Mayor of Paris my first priority is to protect the health and wellbeing of Parisians.

“This research reveals that the policies we are implementing to clean the air we breathe and restrict the polluting diesel and petrol vehicles will add three weeks onto the life of every citizen, whilst also preventing climate change.

“If the policies are escalated to cities and regions around the world, the health benefits will affect tens of thousands of people. Now we see just how dangerous those forces who want to prevent the shift to clean and healthy streets really are. Nothing will hold us back.”

Schwarzenegger, who regularly uses public hire bikes on his travels in cities around the world, gave his support to Hidalgo.

He said: “As we both know, Governors and Mayors have a duty to protect the health and safety of their citizens, and air pollution is one of the greatest threats to mankind, with over 7 million people dying worldwide every year.

“Together, through the R20 and C40, we will inspire subnational leaders around the globe to focus on the immediate dangers and health impacts of fossil fuels,” he added.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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CraigBroadbent | 6 years ago

Good to see an Elite cyclist taking on this challenge.

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