21 Mar '12, 3pm

If Parents Want Kids to Bike to School, Why Are So Few Doing It?

If Parents Want Kids to Bike to School, Why Are So Few Doing It?

Powerhouse Museum Collection /Public Domain While some anti-environment extremists are painting bike paths as a communist plot , it's been shown that well-planned, dense urban neighborhoods improve quality of life and increase property values . That's probably why new research from the Australian Heart Foundation shows a majority of parents want their kids to ride bikes to school . Sadly, that same research shows that less than 1 in 10 actually does—with 60% of parents driving their kids to school due to a lack of safe routes and proper training: "Cycling to school is clearly something that children are able to do and parents want to encourage, but they re being let down by a lack of safe cycle paths," said Dr Lyn Roberts, National CEO of the Heart Foundation. "The number of children being driven to school has sadly reached a record high arriving at the school gates by car...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/if-parents-want-kids-bike...

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