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.


Tempting teenagers to cycle (PDF)

Key findings

  • 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.

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