06 Jul '11, 10am

Exhaust-ing ride for cyclists: Air pollutants trigger heart risk

Exhaust-ing ride for cyclists: Air pollutants trigger heart risk

Enrique Lobo/flickr Unrelenting traffic leaves a wake of gritty exhaust for cyclists to breathe. By Brett Israel Environmental Health News July 6, 2011 NEW YORK – Even by this city's standards, the Garment District is an imposing place to ride a bike. A never-ending parade of delivery trucks rumbles along 8th Avenue between 34th and 42nd streets, leaving a wake of gritty exhaust for cyclists to feel, smell and breathe. After riding in the Garment District, Robert "Rocket" Ruiz, a 13-year veteran of the bike messenger business, would often look into the bathroom mirror and see his face covered in grime. "I remember having to wash my face three or four times a day," said Ruiz, now the head dispatcher for Quik Trak Messenger Service. "There's nothing but tar and smoke on your face." Ruiz, a star on the Travel Channel's bike messenger show "Triple Rush," said he once had to mi...

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