According to some statistics of 2015, 0-16 year olds made 12 cycle trips each compared to an average of 17 for all age groups and cycled around 17 miles over the year as comparison to an average of 53 for all age groups.
Some figure of 2015 shows that in England travel to and from school is as follows;
- Approximately 1% of children aged 5-10, and 2% of children aged 11-16 cycled. This figure shows a decrease from 2% and 3% respectively in 2014.
- 37%, cars/vans were the most common form of transport used for the school/college run, even though the normal distance travelled for education purposes was only around three miles.
- Travel for education contributed significantly to peak time traffic: from 2011-15, it was responsible for about 29% of trips between 8 and 9 am, with an additional 21% accompany others to education.
There are some statistics regarding Scotland and Wales:
In Scotland, According to a ‘hands-up survey’ in 2014, 5% of children indicated that they normally cycled to primary school. While 0.9% cycle to secondary school. According to Transport and Travel in Scotland, 1.2% of children cycled to and from school in 2015.
In Wales 2% of trips to primary schools and less than 1% of trips to secondary schools in 2014 were made by cycle.
These statistics show that there is not very common trend of cycling in children for different purposes. Parents also don’t encourage this activity because they think it’s risky for their children but with the help of some proper safety measures you can make this activity safer. Use proper safety accessories like properly fitted helmet, avoid loose clothing and use padded vest that helps your children to learn the bike without stabilizer more confidently. The injury rate in bicycle riding is similar to the other type of sports but parents should supervise the children while bicycle riding to avoid such type of injuries. In this proper way parents should project and encourage this activity because it’s very healthy for children.