Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

Decline in kids cycling:

Sparks call for kids to be encouraged to ride to school
By Motherpedia
Date: October 21 2013
Tags: bikes, riding, health,
Editor Rating:
bikes

The launch of the latest national cycling participation figures by the Australian Bicycle Council (ABC) reveals a worrying trend that our kids are now less physically active than ever.

The national survey is conducted by the ABC every two years and measures progress against the target adopted by all state and territory governments to double the number of Australians cycling by 2016. 

While the survey shows where investments have been made, there has been success in increasing participation, such as Sydney’s inner city, the latest figures reveal a decrease overall in cyclingparticipation since the last audit in 2011.

CPF spokesman Stephen Hodge said the latest cycling figures are a wake up call and warning about the high incidence of overweight people.

 “Our most recent figures for bike imports show that while adult bike sales have hit a new record, children’s bike imports fell by 7% over the last three years.”

“In a recent study with the Heart Foundation we found that only 1-in-10 children ride to school despite nearly two-thirds of parents saying they would let their children ride to school if there weresafe routes.”

“It’s time we made it easier for kids to cycle to school again,” Hodge said. 

“The Cycling Promotion Fund looks forward to presenting this information to the Abbott Government in the near future and exploring options to put cycling back into the everyday routine of our kids around the country,” he said

Share This Tweet This Email To Friend
Recent Comments
0 Total Comments
Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:


Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:33343


Your Comment has been posted
Related Articles
kids_playing_-_boy_girl
New research shows that children who are physically active are…
Read more
netball
Being active is the key to children's weight - and…
Read more
family-exercising
Parents concerned about their children’s inactivity can do something about…
Read more

What is incontinence?
Let's talk about incontinence and how you can prepare for it

Win-1-of-5-leapfrog-fridge-numbers

Win 1-of-5 LeapFrog Fridge Numbers
Little Ones Develop in Leaps and Bounds with LeapFrog

Power of the pooch

New consumer research reveals the power of a pooch
Ensuring Aussie kids feel loved, secure and safe

Free-things-to-do-in-sydney

Free things to do in Sydney
Go out and explore!

Globber my too fix up cover

We Try: Globber My TOO Fix Up
A scooter that grows with your child

Throw a winning cricket pitch

3 Steps to a Winning Backyard Cricket Pitch
Ex-Adelaide Oval legend curator Les Burdett shares his tips for getting your backyard cricket pitch test match ready this summer

A bike that follows your kids life cycle - motherpedia - cover

A Bike That Follows Your Kids Life Cycle
Check out the Bunzi 2-in-1 gradual balance bike!

Img 1414 x1

Weekend Recipe: Barbecue Bananas
Surprise your guests at a summer BBQ with this no fuss-dessert that’s bursting with goodness from Australian Bananas.

Navman-shows-parents-the-way-when-teaching-kids-to-drive

Navman shows parents the…
FREE online seminar for parents on best practices for instructing a learner driver

Legofriends-snow-festival

Head to Thredbo for…
Don't miss the LEGO Friends Snow Festival!

Lego-star-wars-event-motherpedia

Join LEGO Australia to…
Fans invited to celebrate May the 4th Be With You Day 2017 at Westfield Warringah

Easter-holiday-cover

How to Plan a…
Five tips to making the most of the upcoming break