The Danish Cyclists’ Federation’s new handbook for school cycling has just been published. The book gives concrete advice to parents, schools and municipalities on children cycling to and from school.
Most parents know the advantages of letting their children ride their bikes to school. Exercise leads to healthier children who find it easier to concentrate at school. It is scientifically proven. But cycling also gives children freedom to move around independently without depending on their parents.
But still, every fourth child between ages 6 and 10 are driven to school by car and only 43 per cent of students aged 10 to 16 ride to school themselves.
More children should cycle
Now The Danish Cyclists’ Federation has published a School Cycling Handbook that intends to turn these statistics around and get more children to hop onto their bikes. The book is based on scientific results and experiences from schools all over the country and is aimed at parents, schools and municipalities alike. The School Cycling Handbook is a product of The Danish Cyclists’ Federation’s many years of work with children cycling to school– and with, amongst other things, the All Children Cycle campaign, Safe and secure School Cycling, Cycle Play and the Cycle Play Field.
The book presents good advice and specific examples from municipalities and schools that through different ways have succeeded in increasing the amount of children cycling. The book also gives advice and guides for parents who are unsure when their child is able to ride a bike by themselves.
The School Cycling Handbook is published by The Danish Cyclists’ Federation and is written by Anette Jerup Jørgensen and Erik Bølling-Ladegaard. The book was published at the end of September and sent out to all schools and municipalities, to health-, technical- and school authorities. The book is free and is also available for download on cykelviden.dk.
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