Dr. Richard Larouche is author on a paper, “Built Environment Features that Promote Cycling in School-Aged Children,” that was recently published in Current Obesity Reports. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below.
Larouche R. Built Environment Features that Promote Cycling in School-Aged Children. Curr Obes Rep. 2015 Sep 12. [Epub ahead of print]
ABSTRACT: Previous research shows that children and youth who cycle to/from school are more active and fitter than those who travel by motorized modes. However, rates of cycling are low in many countries, and a better understanding of the correlates of cycling may inform the development of future interventions. This review summarizes the current literature on the built environment correlates of cycling among school-aged children and youth. While both studies of transportation and recreational cycling were eligible, the majority of the 12 included studies focused on the trip to/from school and consistently indicated that shorter distance between home and school is associated with greater odds of cycling. However, little is known about the correlates of cycling for other purposes. Furthermore, other built environment features have not been studied enough to allow strong conclusions to be drawn. Recommendations for future studies are proposed to address the limitations of current evidence.