It is well known that the number of kids riding to school in Australia is low - in the 1970s, over 80% of kids actively travelled to school, many on them on bikes, and now that number is less than 20%. But what is it that's holding parents back from letting the kids ride? Listening to parents who want their kids to ride to school, and reading the media, it seems to really come down to infrastructure and parents' leading by example. In our interviews with ByK Mums and Dads, who do lead by example, not all of them have the local infrastructure in place to make riding to school a given, even considering how much they want their kids to be able to. Why Aren't More Kids Cycling To School" published in The Conversation in 2011, they note that:In an article, "
"Primary school students consistently say they'd rather ride or walk to school. They say it's fun, they like travelling with their friends, and it makes them fit and healthy.
Car travel on the other hand – which is their least preferred way of getting to school – is considered "boring", it means "you have to sit still", you "don't get any exercise", and cars "make bad gas in the air".In this article, they also go onto say that children who cycle to school are also likely to have:
- improved mental health and social wellbeing
- increased IQ and educational attainment
- greater independent mobility.
- reduced traffic congestion
- environmental sustainability
- community liveability
- reduced chauffeuring duties for parents.