‘Over 1.6 million children in the United Kingdom never ride a bike’

While young children in many prosperous countries are increasingly reaching for an E-bike or being dropped off by their parents, the situation in the United Kingdom seems even more dire: research has shown that more than 1.6 million children going to elementary school in the UK never ride a bike.

The United Kingdom consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and so it now appears that children in the 5 to 10 year age group, hardly ever get on a bike. In fact, one in twenty children has never even sat on a bicycle, which amounts to some 230,000 schoolchildren. The study was conducted by the British bicycle brand Raleigh. This is especially true for children in the bigger cities. London tops the list on that front as one in two children there never use a bike.

Parents were asked for the main reason for not using a bicycle, which mainly revealed that they believe traffic is too dangerous for their children. Parents also indicated that they would prefer to see their children biking more often.