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Child cycling continues to decline in Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday released a report titled Children's Participation in Sport and Leisure Time Activities, which shows that children's participation in bike riding decreased from 64% in 2000 to 60% in 2009.

The number of boys cycling fell (71% to 66%) more than for girls (56% to 54%). The average time that children spent bike riding also decreased from 6 hours in 2000 to 5 hours in 2009, with the average time that boys spent (7 hours to 5 hours) decreasing more than for girls (5 hours to 4 hours).

While the country's helmet laws may not be the only influence on children cycling (the number of children cycling fell dramatically when the laws were passed), it is clear that child cycling still shows no sign of recovering to pre-law levels.

Fri 12 Nov 2010

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