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Want to avoid breathing in air pollution on your commute? Slow down and enjoy the ride

If you try to outpace pollutants by pedaling faster on your commute, you’ll want to reconsider. Despite reducing time exposed to toxicants, active commuters—both walkers and bikers—can actually take in up to four times as much air pollution because they breathe more heavily when they pick up the pace, The Province reports. Researchers monitored the commutes of 10,000 people of all ages to find a sweet-spot speed. They recommend adult cyclists avoid exceeding 10 kilometers per hour faster than their normal pace or stick to a comfortable 13-kilometer-per-hour pace, according to the study published last week in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.

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