A study Commissioned by Cycling UK and Halfords shows that more than one in ten British families with kids 12 years and under has at least one family member who doesn’t know how to ride a bike.
In a poll of over 500 families, some 25 per cent said they aren’t comfortable cycling. The poll also revealed that more than three quarters – 76 per cent – would cycle more often as a family if there were more traffic-free routes available to cycle on.
Cycling UK’s Bike Week ambassador Colin Jackson said: “One of my fondest memories from my childhood, having learnt to ride my bike at school, is having fun pedalling about with my sister and with my mates. What better time to love riding a bike than during Bike Week. Rekindle your love of cycling and join me in the saddle!”
The Bike Week poll also found that 36 per cent would cycle more if they were trained to ride a bike through school clubs or locally funded cycling courses.
Cycling UK chief executive Paul Tuohy added: “Bike Week is the best time of year to start cycling. It’s a reminder to us all that exercise can be just as enjoyable as it can be sociable. Cycling UK wants to help millions more people to rediscover – or find out for the first time – just how much fun you can have cycling.
“During the Olympics the Government showed what can be achieved if we invest wisely in sport. Now’s the time to invest in more than medals, by funding the health and wellbeing of our next generation.”
The 2017 Cycling UK Bike Week will run until Sunday, June 18th. Events are planned throughout the week, for more information, visit the website here.