Four million people ride a bicycle at least once a week in Australia, which is nearly one in five people.
The group that participates the most are kids under 9 years old. Around half of all boys and girls ride a bike regularly. But in their teen years, a strange thing happens. Teenage boys ride little bit less (about 45% ride at least once a week) but teenage girls start drop off the radar (down to 30%).
By the time they reach early adulthood (age 18-29) 18% of young men are still regularly riding but only 7% of young women do. Why is this?
Most of the teenagers interviewed said it was because:
- they feel unsafe riding on the road
- it takes too long
- there's 'no one to ride with'.