UCI announces 2018 pro teams; GreenEdge, BMC reveal new kits: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

December 12, 2017

Giro d’Italia keeping Plan B in mind as violence erupts in Jerusalem; UCI announces 2018 WorldTour, Pro Continental licenses; GreenEdge reveals 2018 Mitchelton-Scott kits; BMC Racing adds a touch of blue to 2018 kits; Fresh ink: Did four new Astana riders get team tattoos in Kazakhstan?; BMC Racing targets Santos Tour Down Under with winners of past four editions; Campagnolo returns to apparel business; Movistar sending strong team to Argentina for 2018 Vuelta a San Juan; Australian Cycling Academy to help give racers ‘options beyond sport’; Schwarzenegger, Sagan, and Mayor of Paris share findings on cycling to work; Video: Brazilian Evandro Portela sets record of 202 km/h on a bicycle; Video: Rapha Supercross Nobeyama Day 2.

Schwarzenegger, Sagan, and Mayor of Paris share findings on cycling to work

by CyclingTips

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Sagan, and Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, came together this week to share the findings of new C40 research on the health benefits of climate and air pollution policies for cities and regions. C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group  is a network of the world’s largest cities committed to tackling climate change.

According to c40’s research,with support from Johnson & Johnson, cycling to work can cut one’s risk of heart disease by almost one quarter, and risk of Type 2 diabetes by 15%. Hidalgo and Schwarzenegger revealed the findings on the eve of the One Planet Summit to be held in Paris on December 12th.

“Switching from driving to an active commute (walking at a brisk pace or cycling 30 minutes per day, 5 days a week) can deliver the following health benefits for citizens: 23% reduced risk of heart disease, 23% reduced risk of stroke, 15% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, 14% reduced risk of depression, 12% reduced risk of breast cancer, 11% reduced risk of dementia, and 8% reduced risk of colon cancer,” the statement read.

“An active commute also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and therefore prevents climate change. If 10% of citizens in C40’s North American Cities switch from driving to cycling that would save over 1.6 million tonnes of CO2e per year, equivalent to 180 million gallons of gasoline consumed.”

World champion Peter Sagan sent a message of support to encourage more people to travel by bike in cities.