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






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

  • Solveig Nordengen is a research fellow at the Department of Sports Medicine at NIH. She is currently working at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).
  • December 9 she will defend her dissertation
    "Bicycling in the right direction?"

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

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

Conclusions: Cyclists were at lower risk of CVD. Health professionals, city planners, and stakeholders can recommend cycling to prevent CVD and should aim to increase the amount of cycling. Characteristics of cyclists seemed to be similar regardless of whether they lived in areas with smaller or larger numbers of cyclists.

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.





Time and place are subject to change. 

10:15 - 11:00: Trial lecture
Topic to be published 14 days before the defense.

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

General information

The defense is open to the public - welcome!

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