A YouGov Study in 2018 revealed that a fifth of children cannot ride a bike! n fact, a Sustrans survey showed only 2% of children use their bikes to get to school. Government-funded programmes such as Bikeability are improving the situation, with Primary school-aged children getting taught road safety in year 5/6. However, to be ready to join in with this, the child needs to be riding a pedal bike beforehand. Move More balanceability lessons can help! Our next block starts this week! Find out more www.move-more.org/balanceability/
There are lots of benefits of children learning to ride a bike, here are just a few ways it can benefit not only your child but you as a parent!
1. It keeps them physically active

the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school. According to Sport England Active Lives Children and Young People Survey, Academic Year 2021-22, 1 in 4 children and young people across Cheltenham and Tewkesbury still do less than 30 minutes of physical activity everyday. Encouraging your child to ride a bike while they’re young helps to establish healthy exercise habits that are likely to stay with them for life.

2. It has a positive impact of their mental health and learning

Riding a bike not only improves physical fitness, it also benefits your child’s learning development and mental health. Research shows that students who ride a bike to school are more focused and ready to learn, compared with those who are driven. Taking part in regular physical activity also has links to increase happiness, as well as giving kids more opportunities to make social connections. It also teaches children responsibility and independence.

3. It’s something the whole family can enjoy together

Cycling is an activity that all ages can enjoy. Mums, dads, kids, and even grandparents can take part in a family bike ride. It’s a great way to share some quality time, and it’s good for you too. Remember, the key to family bike rides is to have fun.

4. It’s good for the environment & a cheaper way to travel

Teaching your child to ride a bike has long-term benefits for the environment. Using active transport like cycling instead of driving reduces carbon emissions, eases traffic congestion and eliminates parking problems. Less pollution and traffic mean our communities will become greener, healthier and less stressful places to live. It also saves cost.

5. It’s a great way to get around

Once your child gets older, riding a bike becomes a quick and healthy way for them to get to and from school, sporting and play activities. Even better, it saves you time because your child won’t have to rely on you for lifts. Now that’s a benefit every parent can relate to!