#20ReasonstoBike: Your kids will thank you for it

July 16, 2018

When you were a kid, you and your pals likely spent many lazy summer afternoons biking to the local park or beach or corner store for snacks to fuel your adventures.

Compare this experience to your child’s summer plans and you’ll find something is likely missing: independent mobility (on bike or on foot) is sadly absent in the lives of many Canadian children. These habits are reflected in children's transportation to and from school as well.

A 2016 parent survey showed that only 25 percent of Canadian children now walk or bike to school, while 58 percent are driven. Studies show that this is a 50 percent reduction in independent mobility in just one generation.

With summer break now in full swing, let your children regain the sense of independence they can get from behind the handlebars.

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