New Research Says Bicycling Is Not Harmful for Average Cyclist

May 18, 2017

This time of year, cycling is many people's choice to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors.

But, a study by Yale researchers in 2006 linked cycling to problems with sexual health and urinary dysfunction. Now, a new team of scientists disputes those results.

New research says the Yale study was small and focused mostly on extreme athletes, not those who bike for exercise, for leisure or to commute.

Dr. Mohannad Awad, a member of the American Urological Association, authored the new study.
"Surprisingly, the results were completely contradictory to the previous results. We found that cyclists have no worse sexual or urinary functions compared to other, non-cyclist athletes."

Awad says riding a bike is one of the healthiest forms of exercise, so he advises everyone to strap on a helmet and enjoy the ride.

Both the City of Carbondale and SIU-Carbondale are designated Bicycle Friendly by the League of American Bicyclists.