Tempting teenagers to cycle (2006)
11 June 2019
Case studies of initiatives at Wellington, Dunedin, Rotorua and Queenstown.
Study which collected the opinions of Year 8, 9 and 10 students related to cycling to school. This was achieved through an extensive online survey of a total of 19 intermediate and secondary schools in North Shore City.
- 75% of Year 8, 9 and 10 students on the North Shore own bikes.
- 9% of Year 8 and 3% of Year 9 and 10 students regularly cycle to school.
- Boys are seven times more likely to cycle to school than girls.
- 33% of Year 8, 16% of Year 9 and 11% of Year 10 students would prefer to cycle to school.
- 40% of students live between 1 and 3km from the school gate, a suitable distance for cycling to school.
- Safe crossings, safe routes and the need for on-road cycle lanes are cited as the most important barriers to cycling to school.
- Secure, covered bike sheds would entice more students to cycle to school.
- More than half of the students indicated that having friends to ride to school with was important.
- More than 60% of those who regularly ride to school do so on the footpath.
- A total of approximately 2800 Year 8, 9 and 10 students in North Shore City do less than 3 hours of exercise per week.