In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need to justify improved biking infrastructure. Biking is fun, and faster than walking, and people should be able to safely bike if they want to. But sometimes we need compelling reasons to convince cities and states to spend money on things, and former Grister Sarah Goodyear has a really, really good one for biking: It could help kids do better in school. She wrote at Atlantic Cities about a Danish study from late last year that shows kids who bike to school also concentrate better.
The survey looked at nearly 20,000 Danish kids between the ages of 5 and 19. It found that kids who cycled or walked to school, rather than traveling by car or public transportation, performed measurably better on tasks demanding concentration, such as solving puzzles, and that the effects lasted for up to four hours after they got to school.
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