Yoga: 5 myths you should stop believing

Yoga: 5 myths you should stop believing

Latin American Post busts some common beliefs about this popular practice

Are you a first-time-mother? 4 mistakes you cannot make

These are some mistakes you sometimes make as a first-time mom and that you should try to avoid

How to detox your body of food excess

Four steps to cleanse the body from extra sugar, alcohol, and food eaten during holidays

Mythic and lethal diets

Mythic and lethal diets

There are an endless number of diets to lose weight. However, practicing them could be fatal

Bayer vs Gallene Science: David vs Goliath?

Bayer vs Gallene Sciences: David vs Goliath?

The German multinational may be using a legal excuse to eliminate one of their future biggest competitors

Colombia: Blind women save lives by detecting breast cancer

Colombia: Blind women saving lives by detecting breast cancer

Several studies have shown that when one of the senses is missed, others become more acute. Under this hypothesis, docents from the University of Santiago de Cali, Colombia, created a project that aimed to train a group of blind women to identify tumors which can led to detect breast cancer in early stages.

How popular are bikes in Latin America?

How popular are bikes in Latin America?

The use of the bicycle as a means of transport does not only commit the citizens to their health and well-being by favoring the weekly physical activity hours proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO), but also improves mobility problems in large cities as are the Latin Americans.

Traditionally associated to the rural transportation of farmers in countries like Colombia, bicycles are gaining importance in terms of urban planning and transportation also in the urban settings. Increasingly, cities are adopting policies related to infraestructure development and healthier urban habits.

According to a study carried out by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Latin American cities where bicycles are most used are Bogotá (Colombia) and Rosario (Argentina); However, great progress has also been made in Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in terms of biciclel-inclusive policies. According to the IDB report, Bogotá is one of the cities best positioned in terms of number of bike rides reported per day (611,472) and exclusive lines for cyclists (392 km); although Sao Paulo is the city with the largest coverage of public bicycles (4 bicycles per 10,000 inhabitants).

Pressure from civil society has been important in demanding bicycle paths, parking lots and other spaces suitable for bicycles in the Americas. In Montevideo (Uruguay) for example, initiatives such as Gente en Bici and Ciclovida Urbana have been able to mobilize more than 10,000 people to demand from the government a better infrastructure in a city where there are only 35.9kms of bike paths, according to the study of the IDB.

However, the creation of infrastructure and the use of it in Latin America does not always coincide. According to the aforementioned IDB study, there are cities like Lima where, with 141 kms of bike paths, that use less than 0.3% of them (compared to 5% in Bogotá). The opposite occurs in the Argentinian city of Mendoza, where 2.1% of daily commutes occur by bicycle, but the city has only 12 km of bike paths.

The international health campaign to promote the use of bicycles as an active means of transport has been progressing in most countries of Latin America. The increase in the urban population worldwide and the sedentary lifestyles associated with it are some of the reasons why it is necessary to motivate the physical activity of citizens and a healthier life. The health and mobility policies associated with the growth of the infrastructure necessary to have cities prepared for mass transport by bicycle are increasingly common in our continent.

The use of bicycles as a means of transport is also a useful tool for mobility and urbanism policies developed by cities, since it allows solving transport problems associated with urban density and the use of private vehicles. The replacement of private vehicles by bicycles can reduce the levels of air pollution and noise, thus improving the quality of life in cities and reducing the diseases associated with these risk factors.

By: Laura Delgado


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Placentophagia: ¿culture or business?

Placentophagia: ¿culture or business?

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