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1 Bike It – Increasing cycling to school Paul Osborne School Travel Director, Sustrans May 2009

2 our vision: a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment

3 our mission: to work everyday on practical and imaginative solutions to the transport challenges affecting us all

4 Content of presentation Background What is Bike It? Monitoring and research Latest results Future research What have we learned?

5 Age Age All children aged How British children travel to school % of trips 21 National Travel Survey, 2006 Cycling Walking Bus Car / van Rail

6 How this has changed over the years % of trips, all children aged 5-16 National Travel Survey Cycling Walking Bus Car / van

7 Nearly 60% of school car journeys are within the statutory walking distance (under 2 or 3 miles) National Travel Survey, 2006

8 Huge unmet demand for cycling amongst young people A recent Sustrans survey of 20,000 schoolchildren found that half (49%) want to cycle to school - And yet the National Travel Survey shows that only 2% of trips to school are by bike

9 Bike It is funded by: –The cycle industry (Bike Hub) –Cycling England (Dept for Transport) –Big Lottery –Welsh Government –Transport for London –Local government –Local Health authorities Bike It works directly with schools to increase levels of cycling

10 In 2009 Bike It will work in the following locations There are 42 staff working in nearly 500 schools, giving cycling opportunities to over 90,000 children

11 Each Bike It Officer works in 12 schools per year Key activities include: Explaining the benefits of cycling Contributing to classroom work Addressing concerns about safety and liability Sharing good practice Organising practical and fun cycling activities

12 Publicity at Derby Moor Secondary School

13 Monitoring and research Classroom surveys (19,000 children) Counts of parked bicycles Activity logs (bike maintenance, cycle training, cycle to school days, etc) Surveys of headteachers and mobility managers Health research

14 Monitoring and research


16 Feedback from Schools 97% of schools believe that cycling has increased, 70% believe that car use has fallen Support from Sustrans staff has been the critical success factor In particular, Bike It supports school travel plans, increases physical activity and organises popular activities for children and parents 94% of schools say that their children are more physically active as a result of Bike It Headteacher and School Champion survey, Summer 2008.

17 Increase in frequency of children cycling to school at Bike It schools: Source: Sustrans 2008 Note: Data based on hands-up surveys of around 19,000 pupils, asking the question Do you cycle to school? % of pupils

18 Health Research Body mass index (BMI) Waist circumference Self reported physical activity Sedentary behaviour Cardiorespiratory fitness Muscular power (vertical jump)

19 Health findings Those who cycle to school also cycle more in general Higher reported physical activity amongst cyclists than other modes Lower levels of sedentary behaviour Behavioural changes may precede physiological changes

20 Future research Reduction in car use and CO2 – tracking change of travel mode amongst individual children Health impact - longitudinal surveys, before and after Bike It Sustainability – is an increase in cycling maintained at schools after the Bike It officer moves on?

21 What have we learned from Bike It? Infrastructure projects rarely work on their own. Promotional activities which promote walking and cycling should be built into the work programme. Teachers need to be supported by individuals with a passion for walking and cycling, who have the skills to attract participants, run events and who lead by example. Events and activities should have an emphasis on fun and participation (rather than just safety). Work with the willing – and invite leader schools to present their successes and failures to others. Use a variety of survey methods at regular intervals.


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