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Tempting teenagers to cycle (2006)

Tempting teenagers to cycle (2006)

18 May 2014

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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