Author(s): BYCS, Bernard van Leer Foundation
Making Biking Safe, Easy, Comfortable & Fun for the Youngest in Society
BYCS partnered with the Bernard van Leer Foundation to research the positive connection between cycling and early childhood (0-3 years old) development. To date, there has been limited research conducted in this area and cities are struggling to accommodate young children and families. The longer-term goals are to inspire policy and planning changes as well as further academic research that are advantageous to children ages 0-3, caregivers, families, cyclists, and city residents in general.
We surveyed existing research and conducted interviews with caregivers and those working in the fields of early childhood development, education, mobility, city planning, government, and activism. Based on this work, we developed a series of guides for cities at different levels of cycling maturity. These guides are meant for a wide audience, including city officials, health and cycling advocacy groups, industry groups, and educational institutions.