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.

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/Files/Chapter6/$file/Chapter6.pdf

 

“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.

http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/obesity/obesity-key-facts-and-statistics

“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

https://www.greens.org.nz/press-releases/greens-launch-safe-walking-and-cycling-school-policy

“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

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/morning-exercise-to-spark-kids-learning-1.993446

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

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/23/exercise-before-school-improves-concentration-study/

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

http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/research/reports/380/docs/380.pdf

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

http://pedalready.org.nz/schools/

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

http://www.gw.govt.nz/schooltravelplans-2/

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