Bicycle Network: Prevention
Our 2009 health survey
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Our ultimate milestone is to make riding a cultural norm so we have 'healthy people in a healthy society'.
There are significant benefits for every individual who takes up bike riding – especially improved physical health, better mental health and a greater sense of well being, fulfilment and happiness.
Other powerful benefits from bike riding include a sense of connectedness and better relationships including new friends, closer neighbours and a sense of belonging.
There is no doubt that More people cycling more often will also make our society healthy.
The 2009 September Health Survey explored the understanding of 2,362 respondents on these issues. The results will be used to shape the work of Bicycle Network Victoria in getting More People Cycling More Often. The results are summarised in the pages below.
Inactivity epidemics and prevention in society
Many respondents said that they would support a strong effort by government and the community to get people to meet the minimum physical activity guidelines.
How much physical activity do the riders put together?
The respondents know that bike riding is has been proven to be one of the types of physical activity that prevents disease.
Health, bike riding and the Bicycle Victoria purpose
The recent September Health survey confirms past feedback from members on the strong connection they see between health and our purpose to get More People Cycling More Often: