Children that Cycle

Because it is important for children’s health, it is important to understand the motivations, supports and barriers for children to join cycling mobility. Why do children engage in cycling mobility? The individual and interpersonal characteristics of age, gender, family and peer’s support seem to influence the relation with the bike (Thigpen & Handy, 2018). Built environment and cycling policies also have a role in bicycle use (Larouche & Ghekiere, 2018). In addition, there are several school programs active around the world that aim to encourage bike mobility. What do we know about of all these elements and how do they connect? How does gender play a role in this? And how new cycling policies and social promotion initiatives will interact with them? I propose to start by a literature review to analyze what has been researched in this field and continue by deepen into cycling programs that involve families, the birth and upkeep of gender gap and on the experiences of cycling together during childhood. 


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