Bikes with Benefits

A cycling revolution is underway in North America. Cities are investing in cycling infrastructure, public bikeshares and encouraging this form of active transportation. Learn about the beneficial effects of cycling as a form of physical activity, the risks from traffic accidents and the role of infrastructure in safer cycling, exposure to air pollution and its impacts on cyclists and new tools to identify the “bikeability” of your neighborhood and the best cycling routes.

This podcast was part of UBC Alumni Weekend 2013.

Speaker Biography

Michael Brauer joined the UBC faculty in 1991 in the Department of Medicine; he currently serves as the Occupational and Environmental Health theme co-lead in School of Population and Public Health and is Director of the Bridge Program, a strategic training fellowship program linking public health, engineering and policy. Dr. Brauer received bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Environmental Sciences from the University of California-Berkeley (1986) and a doctorate in Environmental Health from Harvard University (1990)

Dr. Brauer’s research emphasis is on the assessment of exposure and health impacts of air pollution, with specific interest in transportation-related and biomass air pollution. He has participated in monitoring and epidemiological studies throughout the world and served on advisory committees to the World Health Organization (WHO), the US National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine, the Royal Society of Canada, the International Joint Commission and governments in North America and Asia. He is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives.