Do our children go cycling enough nowadays?

Why your child should get outside and go cycling – all year round.

Many of us look back warmly on those memories that we have as children, cycling round the park in the basking sun, or from school on a glorious afternoon, with the rest of the day’s excitement ahead of us.

Many of us also, rather less fondly, remember those bitterly cold occasions, hands frozen stuck to the handlebars, legs whizzing round not for speed but for heat, as we hiked it from A to B on our push bikes.

Through rain and shine, we relied on our bikes for transport and, most of the time, we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Recently, however, times have been changing, and it’s Strider Bike’s mission to tell you why that has to stop!

According to the National Travel Survey, only around 1% of children aged 5-10 and 2% of children aged 11-15 cycled to school last year.

Why should parents encourage their children to enjoy their bike?

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  • Cycling is possibly the number one way for children to stay fit! Instilling the positive message of fitness and activity into young children from an early age is a key way to help them understand what it means to be fit and healthy, and therefore happy.
  • Cycling is great fun and, let’s face it children love nothing better than having fun.
  • We can’t think of a better way to strengthen the bond between your family than to take some dedicated time out of your busy life to go for a ride with the youngsters. No doubt when they see mum and dad getting involved and showing radiant enthusiasm, they will instinctively find themselves mirroring you.
  • Can you think of another way to simultaneously stay fit, encourage a healthy lifestyle in your kids, and build on the family bond? Enough said really!
  • This is free entertainment - and you don’t get a lot for free nowadays. After the initial cost of bikes and safety equipment such as helmets, of course, there is very rarely any need to spend any money on this pastime.

No more excuses - get them out on their bike today ...

That’s it - our conclusive list as to why it is that you MUST get in ‘gear’ and promote cycling to your children.

We look forward to seeing you all on the local cycle path - Don’t forget to take as many pictures as possible, the kids always love that.

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