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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-11-17

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Cycling survey shows kids no longer play out on their bikes

A survey commissioned by Freewheel Holidays, specialists in easy, family friendly cycling holidays, has revealed some surprising results. Despite 68% of children over 5 owning a bike and 46% of parents believing their kids get insufficient exercise, almost 20% never play out on their bike. And of those that do, 38% now do so less than once a fortnight. The survey found that on holiday, it's a similar story. Almost 90% of parents believe it's important that their children are active on holiday yet half admit that as a family they do the same amount of exercise, or even less, whilst on their annual break. Modern technology is clearly a factor with 61% saying they find it difficult to distract their children from phones and tablets whilst on holiday. With Public Health England's latest figures (2014/15) showing that a ⅓ of 10 to 11 year olds are obese or over weight, family cycling holidays offer a fun, healthy alternative to the traditional beach break.

Simon Teasdale, Product Manager at Freewheel Holidays said:- "This survey has been a real eye opener. We found that over 10% of children over 5 didn't own a bike. What's great to hear is that over 83% of parents would like their children to explore the outdoors more and we can offer a safe and stimulating way to do that. Our cycling holidays across Europe are great for families and provide the perfect way to get kids active and enjoying the countryside. The routes are well planned and often completely traffic free. We also make sure each stage isn't too strenuous with plenty to see and do along the way."

To check availability and find out more about Freewheel Holidays' leisure cycling tours call:- 0161 703 5823 or visit:- FreeWheelHolidays.Co.UK.


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