Linus Bike Responds to Findings that Bike-Riding Improves Concentration in Children

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Linus Bike, a city and commuter bicycle company, comments on a recent study that found that students who ride their bikes to school have better concentration.

On March 12, Linus Bike issues a comment on an article from The Atlantic Cities. The article discusses a recent survey which found that commuting by bike can have more than just health benefits for young students. “The study was part of Mass Experiment 2012, a Danish project that looked at the links between concentration, diet, and exercise,” according to The Atlantic Cities.

The article reports that “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.” The study also found that their improved concentration lasted up to four hours.

While researchers and scientists do not fully understand the cognitive link between learning and bike-riding, many of them are convinced that the way we move our bodies has a clear effect on how our minds work.

According to the article, another survey found that over 60 percent of children the U.S. city of Davis, California were driven to school. There are many reasons why so many parents decide to drive their kids to school rather than let them ride their bike. For one, it is more dangerous to bike on roads that are designed for cars, says the article, and many parents also perceive driving their kids to school as being easier for them.

Jason Latty, Sales Manager for Linus Bike, comments on the study. “If more parents realized that riding a bike can actually improve their kids' ability to learn, we would see many more filled-up bike racks in front of schools. We usually think of commuter bikes as something designed specifically for adults,” he says. “But kids commute every day to school, and I think more parents need to embrace this and encourage their kids to ride their bike on a daily basis.”

Latty adds that encouraging bicycle commuting could also help to check the childhood obesity epidemic that our nation is facing. Even just a little bit of exercise every day can make a significant difference in a child’s health, says Latty, who urges parents to enroll their kids in a bicycle safety course.

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for those who have a fondness for European style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.

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