Defence: Bicycling in the right direction?

The world population needs to be more physically active. Cycling as transportation may be a means of improving the health of the general population.



December 9


NIH - auditorium Innsikt




Based on two systematic reviews, we found that cycling was associated with a 22% lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared with passive transport.

In Norway, we found several factors associated with commuter cycling. Travel distance below 5 km, having good health, being physically active, and owing an e-bike increased the likelihood of cycling.

Finally, we observed an 11% increase in counted cycle trips from 2018 to 2020, with large geographical differences.


Cyclists have a lower risk of CVD. Cycling is recommended as a way to to prevent CVD and in general, individuals should aim to increase the amount of cycling. Both personal and environmental factors are associated with the increased likelihood of cycling.

Nationally, we observed a significant increase in counted trips, while the regional and local indices indicated geographical differences.

Main findings

  • Cycling is associated with 22 % lower risk of CVD.
  • Travel distance below 5 km increased the probability of cycling.
  • In Norway, we observed an 11% increase in counted cycle trips from 2018 to 2020.





10:15 - 11:00: Trial lecture
"What novel technological strategies are effective to increase physical activity in the population? Discuss the extent that new approaches like eBikes, wearable technology, web-based approaches, and others help improve physical activity and health. A critical review of the last decade's research"

13:00 - 16:00: Public defence
"Bicycling in the right direction?"

General information

The defense is open to the public - welcome!

It is also streamed (see recording)

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Sigmund Alfred Anderssen

Sigmund Alfred Anderssen

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Solveig Sunde

Solveig Sunde

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