Car Exhaust Concentrations - Implications for Cyclists

A recent CFD study into the exhaust concentration in car wakes has revealed that certain rear car spoilers (or airfoils) can either disperse or concentrate pollutants at the same height as a following cyclist's head. The study "Spoiling Air Pollution Dispersion: A Numerical Investigation of Exhaust Plume Dispersion from Cars with Rear Spoilers" authored by A. McNabola, implies possible health implications for cyclists and pedestrians that follow behind cars.

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Thanks goes to the San Francisco Chronicle for reporting this study.

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