|Children in a cargo bike in Bonython Park, Adelaide.|
That's right, teach kids the right skills and they're more likely to get on their bike. It's not rocket science but many children don't learn these skills whilst at school.
This particular study was based on a survey of 224 children in four Cambridge primary schools. The survey had some impressive results.
"Bikeability training leads to an uplift of 12.6 percent in the amount of children who cycle to school," according to online British newspaper, BikeBiz.
The study also showed that training also leads to an 11 percent increase in the amount of cycling children do with their families away from school
Coming back to Adelaide, South Australia, we believe that every child should have access to bicycle education.
Australia sees only 2% of children riding their bicycle to school compared to a whopping 50% in the Netherlands.
70% of parents still find the biggest barrier to getting on a bike is concern for children's safety. Making children aware of the environment around them, coupled with some improvement in infrastructure would go along way in getting more kids cycling.
Let's try to bridge that gap in the future.