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CYCLING CULTURE

The ranking, which compares 46 capital cities in Europe, includes variables such as life expectancy; air and water quality; proportion of GDP allocated to healthcare; the cost of fruit and vegetables; CO2 emissions; the prevalence of walking or cycling to work and the quality of green spaces.

Copenhagen was found to be Europe’s healthiest capital city overall, a ranking that owed much to the city’s CO2 emissions and drinking water as well as its cycling and walking culture.

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“Not only are these variables representative of our physical wellbeing”, comments GP Clinical Lead at Treated.com Dr Daniel Atkinson, “but they also relate to our psychological health. The quality of green spaces is a prime example of this. People need decent green spaces in their cities because they’re oxygen-rich, of benefit to the respiratory system and can be prime locations to exercise freely.”