Jelgava in Latvia implemented a study on healthy cycling with the support of the Baltic Sea Cycling project. The city of Jelgava project was a success in that it improved health and interest in cycling for the target group and was able to get positive evaluation and feedback from an independent source.
Background & Objectives
The Municipality of Jelgava implemented a study of healthy cycling with the support of the Baltic Sea Cycling project, “Bicycles Making Urban Areas Attractive and Sustainable”. The project aimed to improve, popularize and promote cycling and a healthy lifestyle, and to evaluate this from an outside group’s point of view.
The Municipality of Jelgava gathered together a group of 10 people consisting of employees from the municipality, politicians, and journalists. The group of 10 where given new bicycles and cycled approximately 50 kilometers per month for three months. They were administered health control tests three times; before the test period, during the half-way point, and after the test period. The health control tests checked their overall health by measuring each participant’s height, weight, dynamometry, blood pressure and EKG in a rest state.
After the collected data was measured and evaluated the results were presented through a series of graphs and included feedback gathered from the participants involved.
- Overall the study showed positive results.
- The outcomes showed an increase in fitness and improved health for the target group.
- The participants reported positive feelings and experienced an enhancement in their quality of life.
- They were also able to provide feedback on what the city needs in order to become more bicycle friendly. Suggestions put forth included: more cycling roads/routes, secure bicycle parking stands, rest areas, and safer crossings.
The city of Jelgava project was a success in that it improved health and interest in cycling for the target group and was able to get positive evaluation and feedback from an independent source.
For more information on this project visit http://www.balticseacycling.com.