For almost every one, the bicycle may be the first vehicle one learned to ride right? The bicycle is a simple, but affordable and an environment-friendly means of transportation. It also contributes to rejuvenating our physical and mental health. No economy concerns, even the poorest people get access to basic transport with the bicycle. To highlight the benefits of cycling and its impact in society, the UN General Assembly has declared 3rd June as World Bicycle Day in 2018. According to International Event Day, the theme of this World Bicycle Day can be claimed as “Uniqueness, versatility, longevity of the bicycle and simple, sustainable, affordable, reliable, means of transportation”.

In history, it was Leszek Sibilski, a U.S-based Professor who recommended designating a day for the advocacy and celebration of the bicycle all over the world. His academic project in 2015 explored bicycles and their role in development and with the key concerns in the project, a dedicated international day was set by the United Nations to promote bicycling. All 193 member states of the General Assembly unanimously adopted the day on April 12, 2018. According to National Today, 12.4% of all Americans cycle on a regular basis and 47,670 bicycles are sold daily.

Bicycling is an ideal option to stay healthy and physically fit. It can also reduce the risk of many health issues associated with a sedentary lifestyle. People of all ages, ranging from young kids to older adults can benefit from this low-impact exercise. It is also a good muscle workout, as cycling involves all of the major muscle groups. The heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout, making it an aerobic activity.

Cycling – Health Benefits

Regular cycling helps strengthen physical and mental health and well-being and develop a culture of cycling in society.

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Cycling as a Sport

Also referred to as biking, cycling is a popular leisure activity. Cycling sport includes professional and amateur races, held mostly in continental Europe, the United States, and Asia. For all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, USA Cycling is the official governing body. This organization aims at achieving sustained success in international cycling competition and growing competitive cycling in America. Bicycle racing is also an Olympic sport and mountain bike racing entered the Olympic programme at the Atlanta Olympics in 2008.

Bicycle-related injuries are also quite common, which can be prevented with effective interventions. It has been reported that bicyclists face a higher risk of crash related injury and deaths than occupants in motor vehicles. Being a medical billing company with years of experience in the industry, we have been serving chiropractors, physical therapists and sports medicine specialists to accurately report the injuries they treat on their medical claims using relevant diagnosis and procedure codes. Let us discuss ICD-10 codes for bicycle-related injuries in our next blog.