A single-day event for high schools that aims to inspire more teenage girls to get active through bike riding
Studies show that teenage girls are active for less than 30 minutes a day—less than half of the daily exercise recommended for teenagers. It’s become clear through a number of studies that girls face more barriers to exercise than boys – with fear and ridicule playing a big role.
Led by a team of experts, MIND. BODY. PEDAL sets out to support and celebrate the differences that make high-school aged girls unique, while addressing issues of self-esteem and confidence that hold many back from riding a bike. We want to create a country of active, positive and confident women on bikes.
What does the day involve?
1. Bike ride
A fully-supported bike ride to explore the local area by bike and to learn basic road safety skills.
2. Bike maintenance
Designed to help develop skills and confidence in maintaining a safe and working bike.
Designed to address issues of self-care and resilience, focusing on social media pressures and peer perception.
Designed to cover self-esteem in relation to looking after your skin, personal hygiene and body care.
Does it work?
In 2016, we ran a MIND. BODY. PEDAL pilot across four schools in Victoria.
In assessing the success of the initiative in getting more girls physically active through bike riding, the pilot revealed the following findings: