Why kids + bikes = a good thing

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Why Bike + Kids = a good thing

“In 1990 about 1/10 kids were overweight & obese”

It’s hard to find an exact figure, but this report (p90) indicates it was probably below 10%

“Child Health: A behavioural perspective.” Ministry of Health NZ. Web. 18 Mar. 2014.



“In 2014, that number is 1/3” – To be precise 11% obese and 22% overweight.

“Obesity Key Facts and Statistics.” Ministry of Health NZ. Web. 17 Mar. 2014.


“Back in 1990 most kids biked or walked to school. Now most get dropped off at the school gates in a car.” 1989/90: 34% were driven, 42% walked and 12% biked. 2009-13: 60% driven, 28% walked and 2% biked.

“Travel patterns : Household travel.” Ministry of Transport. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. http://www.transport.govt.nz/ourwork/tmif/travelpatterns/tp007/

“93% of parents would like their kids to bike to school…if it was safe”

“Greens launch Safe Walking and Cycling to School policy.” Green Party of Aotearoa. Web. 20 Mar. 2014


“Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis.”

“Cycling – Health Benefits.” Better Health Channel. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. <http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Cycling_health_benefits?open>.

“Getting more kids to bike and walk means: less traffic congestion, less frustrated parents, a safer drop off zone and happier fitter kids” and

“Kids who are more physically active have better academic performance.”

“The City of Portland, Oregon.” News RSS. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. <http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/281464>.

“Morning exercise to spark kids’ learning.” CBC News Canada. Web. 20 Mar. 2014


“Exercise before school improves concentration: study.” AFP. Web. 20 Mar. 2014


Parents have indicated a safe cycle network and cycle skills training are essential to their kids riding to school.

“‘I want to ride my bike’: overcoming barriers to cycling to intermediate schools.” NZ Transport Agency research report 380. August 2009


Pedal Ready is a new FREE programme to teach your students cycle skills.


Wellington Region’s School Travel Plan Programme is a joint partnership which supports communities to promote and implement safe and active travel.


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