Skip to content
CityLab
Transportation

The Ideal Cycling Speed Is 8 to 9 MPH, Says Science

That’s the alleged “sweet spot” to avoid inhaling too much pollution.
Cyclists at this months Hong Kong Cyclothon were apparently doing it wrong, according to new health research.
Cyclists at this months Hong Kong Cyclothon were apparently doing it wrong, according to new health research.Jeremy Lee/Reuters

If you biked to work today at any speed other than 8 mph (for women) or 9 mph (for men), you did it wrong. To put that in perspective, those are roughly the top speeds of a house mouse and a pig, respectively.

Also, if you walked at a gait under 2.5 mph (both sexes), you messed up majorly.