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Our goal is simple: we want all kids to know how to ride a bike by the time they begin the first grade.

Imagine a nation where every child is taught in school, along with reading, writing, and arithmetic, how to ride a bike.

Imagine a country where all school children possess the self-confidence bicycling provides, not to mention the stimulation to their hearts, muscles, and minds.

Imagine children preferring an hour on their bikes with friends, to an hour sitting alone in front of a screen.

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE FUTURE.

IT'S AS SIMPLE AS RIDING A BIKE.

Think about the possibilities for our country’s future when these same children grow up to become biking parents, entrepreneurs, educators, business leaders, and policymakers.

How might that positively influence their passions, their perspectives, and their actions?

What might it mean for America when it comes to such vital policy issues such as infrastructure, sustainability, and public health?

You can help us create the change in our country that we all want to see.

WHEN ALL KIDS BIKE...

Children become physically healthier

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends children participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activities each day1. Bicycling helps achieve this while allowing children to develop their muscles in addition to building aerobic fitness levels.

Childhood obesity is more common in children after the age of 52. By teaching children a lifetime skill of riding a bike at an early age, we are instilling a healthy habit they can use to maintain a healthy body composition.

Children experience improved mental health

Not only does bicycling allow a child to reap the psychological benefits of playing outside and in nature, but the act of bicycling releases feel-good endorphins that help counter stress and make you happy. A 2010 Study from the American College of Sports Medicine showed that just one 30-minute exercise session can boost your mood and tackle depression7.

Children become active and put down the screens

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises children be limited to 1 hour of high-quality programs on screens per day. In 2017, Common Sense Media found that children ages 2-4 spent an average of 2.39 hours/day using screen devices, and 27% of these children use a mobile device at least once per day3.

Nature receives the company it’s been missing

A 2017 study by DJ Case and Associates in conjunction with multiple state and federal wildlife and park agencies has found children 8 to 12 years old spend three times as many hours with computers and televisions each week as they do playing outside4. American adults report spending 5 hours or fewer outside in nature each week. With all kids possessing the ability to ride a bike by first grade, children can return to outdoors and enjoy the numerous benefits of outdoor play.

Half of U.S. schoolchildren are dropped off at school in the family car. If 20% of those living within two miles of school were to bike instead, it would save 4.3 million miles of driving per day9. Over just one year, this would prevent 356,000 tons of CO2 and 21,500 tons of other pollutants from being emitted.

Children improve their academic performance

During the 2012 Danish Mass Experiment, researchers from the University in Denmark noted, "The results showed that having breakfast and lunch has an impact, but not very much compared to having exercised…As a third-grade pupil, if you exercise and bike to school, your ability to concentrate increases to the equivalent of someone half a year further in their studies."

In 2009, only 13% of kids walked or biked to school, down from 50% in 1969. Increasing the number of children riding to school allows for boosted oxygen levels once at school, positively impacting a child’s academic performance5.

America’s health care system benefits

By using bicycling as a tool to increase children’s participation in physical activity, the potential for numerous economic benefits become a reality. Using a computational simulation, researchers concluded if US children ages 8-11 received 25 minutes of high-calorie-burning physical activity three times a week, it would result in EACH YEAR a net present value of $1.1 trillion in direct medical costs and $1.7 trillion in lost productivity over their lifetimes6.

Traffic congestion becomes a thing of the past

In 1969, approximately 50% of children walked or biked to school. In one generation this number has plummeted to just 13% as of 2009. Private vehicles now account for half of school trips between 1/4 and 1/2 a mile8. Imagine a commute where children were empowered with the ability to bike safely to and from school without the need for a car or bus to fill the roads to drop them off and pick them up. Now, imagine these same children as grown adults who are committed to the benefits of cycling. When all kids have the ability to ride a bike at a young age, we’ve vastly increased the likelihood of bicycle commuting throughout their life, changing the landscape of transportation from being auto-reliant, to self-reliant.

REFERENCES

  1. Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-top-5-benefits-of-cycling
  2. CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html
  3. AAP: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Announces-New-Recommendations-for-Childrens-Media-Use.aspx
    Common Sense Media: http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2017/images/11/07/csm_zerotoeight_full.report.final.2017.pdf
  4. Nature of Americans: https://natureofamericans.org/
    AAO Journal: https://www.aaojournal.org/article/S0161-6420(12)00363-6/abstract
    University of Missouri - Kansas City: https://education.umkc.edu/download/berkley/The-Importance-of-Outdoor-Play-and-Its-Impact-on-Brain-Develpoment-in-Children.pdf
    CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html
    American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Vitamin-D-On-the-Double.aspx
  5. Danish Mass Experiment - Illinois University: http://sciencenordic.com/children-who-walk-school-concentrate-better
    Illinois University: https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/206797
  6. Health Affairs: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/abs/10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1315
  7. American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/12/exercise.aspx
    Bike Radar: https://www.bikeradar.com/us/beginners/gear/article/30-reasons-to-take-up-cycling-23965/
  8. Safe Routes to Schools: https://www.saferoutespartnership.org/healthy-communities/101/facts
  9. Safe Routes to Schools: https://www.saferoutespartnership.org/sites/default/files/pdf/SRTS_GHG_lo_res.pdf
  • Bicycling provides children an exercise unlike any other; one that benefits and stimulates their hearts, muscles, and minds
  • Bicycling is an excellent alternative to time spent in front of a digital screen. Children who learn to bike early in life are happier, healthier, more engaged children who do better in school
  • Bicycling allows children to explore the beauty and wonder of nature while playing outside and connecting with other children
  • Bicycling promotes a lifelong affinity for an active lifestyle, self-reliance, healthful choices, and environmental sustainability. Bicycling is much better for our planet than traveling by car or bus
  • Bicycling is best enjoyed while always wearing a helmet and operating the bike in a safe and courteous manner

With these beliefs, I pledge to support the mission of All Kids Bike™, so that every child in America can enjoy the mental and physical benefits of riding a bike, as well as the freedom and mobility it provides.

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For more ways to get involved, check out Adopt-A-School or the Kindergarten PE Program.