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Research Report 380 'I want to ride my bike' – overcoming barriers to cycling to intermediate schools

Published: | Category: Transport demand management , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

Transport modes such as walking and cycling, including cycling to school, could play a key role in combating obesity, climate change and traffic congestion as well as restoring ‘social capital’ within communities.

The objective of this research was to identify the specific barriers to school students cycling to school for six intermediate schools and recommend interventions that would be effective, acceptable to parents and schools, and favourable to school students for each of the schools.

These specific barriers and solutions were then used to identify common themes, issues and solutions that might be considered at a national level, and give more confidence to those who are responsible for considering and acting on school cycling initiatives.

Four stages of data collection were carried out including the collection of existing school travel information, site visits, interviews, focus groups and questionnaires. In order to overcome barriers to cycling to school it is proposed that the development of genuinely safe and attractive school cycle networks, cycle training, effective bike storage and the continued implementation of slow zones around schools (or widespread lower speed limits) be implemented or given higher priority.

Keywords: active transport, cycling, physical activity, safety, school, travel

Publication details

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  • Published: August 2009
  • Reference: 380
  • ISBN/ISSN: ISBN: 978-0-478-34667-1 (PDF) ISBN: 978-0-478-34668-8 (paperback) ISSN: 1173-3764 (PDF) ISSN: 1173-3756 (paperback)