On Yer Bikes, Kids!
A HEART Foundation survey has suggested that parents may be missing out on the opportunity to fight childhood obesity.
The survey has revealed a dramatic increase in the number of kids regularly travelling by car to and from school, with more than half of Australian parents saying their children travelled by car, mostly for safety reasons.
The annual Ride2School last week is Australia’s largest celebration of an active journey to and from school.
The Heart Foundation says the current pattern helps explain why Australia has become one of the world’s most obese nations.
It’s nationwide study of 1,000 parents, which allowed them to nominate multiple transport modes, found 63 per cent said their children travelled by car, 25 per cent said walking, 21 per cent said public transport, 11 per cent said bikes and 3 per cent said other means.
Traffic worries were cited by 50 per cent, 44 per cent were concerned about intersections and crossings and 42 per cent named the speed of traffic as the reason they would not let children ride to school.
Three year olds demonstrate how balance bikes teach kids to ride bicycles without ever using training wheels.