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Impact of offering cycle training in schools upon cycling behaviour: a natural experimental study

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, March 2016
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Title
Impact of offering cycle training in schools upon cycling behaviour: a natural experimental study
Published in
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, March 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12966-016-0356-z
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Anna Goodman, Esther M. F. van Sluijs, David Ogilvie

Abstract

England's national cycle training scheme, 'Bikeability', aims to give children in England the confidence to cycle more. There is, however, little evidence on the effectiveness of cycle training in achieving this. We therefore examined whether delivering Bikeability was associated with cycling frequency or with independent cycling. We conducted a natural experimental study using information on children aged 10-11 years participating in the nationally-representative Millennium Cohort Study. We identified Cohort participants whose schools had offered Bikeability in 2011-2012 using operational Bikeability delivery data (children in London excluded, as delivery data not available). Our natural experimental design capitalised on the fact that Cohort participants were surveyed at different times during 2012 and were also offered Bikeability at different times during 2012. This allowed us to compare cycling levels between children whose schools delivered Bikeability before their survey interview ('intervention group', N = 2563) and an otherwise comparable group of children whose schools delivered Bikeability later in the year ('control group', N = 773). Parents reported whether their child had completed formal cycle training; their child's cycling frequency; whether their child ever made local cycling trips without an adult; and other child and family factors. We used Poisson regression with robust standard errors to examine whether cycling behaviour differed between the intervention and control groups. Children whose school had offered Bikeability were much more likely to have completed cycle training than the control group (68 % vs. 28 %, p < 0.001). There was, however, no evidence that delivering Bikeability in school was associated with cycling more often (49.0 % cycling at least once per week in the intervention group vs. 49.6 % in the control group; adjusted risk ratio 0.99, 95 % CI 0.89, 1.10). There was likewise no evidence of an association with cycling independently (51.5 % in the intervention group vs. 50.1 % in the control group; adjusted risk ratio 0.97, 95 % CI 0.89, 1.06). Offering high-quality cycle training free at the point of delivery in English schools encourages children to do cycle training, but we found no evidence of short-term effects on cycling frequency or independent cycling. Future evaluation should investigate longer-term effects on these and other stated Bikeability objectives such as increasing cycling safety.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Unknown 104 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 18 17%
Student > Master 17 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 15%
Student > Bachelor 13 12%
Student > Postgraduate 5 5%
Other 16 15%
Unknown 21 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 16 15%
Sports and Recreations 16 15%
Nursing and Health Professions 10 9%
Engineering 7 7%
Environmental Science 7 7%
Other 16 15%
Unknown 34 32%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 75. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 08 April 2021.
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#117
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