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Old 10-20-08, 08:46 PM   #1
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How many miles do you think an average kids cycles annually?

Let's say between the ages of 8 and 12.
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Old 10-20-08, 08:50 PM   #2
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Old 10-20-08, 08:51 PM   #3
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Why do you ask?
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Old 10-20-08, 08:51 PM   #4
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An American kid? Well under a dozen.
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Old 10-20-08, 08:53 PM   #6
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An American kid? Well under a dozen.
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Old 10-20-08, 08:53 PM   #7
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Let's say between the ages of 8 and 12.
How many miles do you think the average kid (or ...think average kids) cycles annually?

When I was that old I was on the bike all day, many days just in the neighborhood (3 square miles) and some days out and about(15 miles maybe a few more) so I would say that I easily rode a thousand miles a year. Could be more but I am being conservative.
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Old 10-20-08, 08:55 PM   #8
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The AVERAGE is probably scarily close to 0.

If we're talking American kids. I can't speak for Belgium.
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Old 10-20-08, 08:56 PM   #9
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my nephew and i ride between 12 and 15 every saturday on the mup. he's seven. he rides hours before we head out then when we get back he's right back out the door riding around the block for hours. the kid is unstoppable, i'm sure when he gets older i'll be getting dropped alot lol!

i just told my sister she's getting a new bike (i'm paying for it) and she's going to start riding with us " and ur gonna like it" hahaha
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Old 10-20-08, 08:59 PM   #10
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as a kid that age I probably rode my x-mart bike 3-4 days a week maybe 2/3 of the year.

I probably rode maybe 1/2 mile on those days.

I would say a liberal estimate of my cycling as a kid would have been less than 100 miles a year.

... boy if that is true, those x-mart bikes are crap in the durability area.

I probably walked more miles hitting and retrieving baseballs annually than I did on a bike.

I grew up on 10 acres surround by farmland, and the nearest paved road was 2 miles away. I spent a lot of time in the woods avoiding poison oak and climbing trees
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Old 10-20-08, 09:11 PM   #11
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Why do you ask?
My roommate said he rode well over a 2,000 miles when he was in the 4th grade because he rode with his dad who used to cycle. At first, 2,000+ miles for a 9-year-old sounded outrageous, but then I guess that works out to about 5.5 miles a day, which doesn't sound overwhelming.

So it just sparked my interest on how many miles a kid rides annually. I forgot I'm in the U.S., so I guess I would be surprised to hear about any physical activity.
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Old 10-20-08, 09:14 PM   #12
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Old 10-20-08, 09:32 PM   #13
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I sadly will guesstimate less than 50.
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Old 10-20-08, 09:37 PM   #14
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It feels like that's all I did at that age, but I would venture I did about about 200 miles a year.

The average chubby kid today, less than 30 miles.
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Old 10-20-08, 09:38 PM   #15
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The less the better. Fat, broiled children taste the best.
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Old 10-20-08, 09:44 PM   #16
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I would ride about 15 a week when I was that age getting to friends' houses and stuff like that, so probably about 500/year.
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Old 10-20-08, 09:46 PM   #17
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I grew up in the suburbs and would ride my bike to school daily; about 3 miles round trip, and during the summer me and my friends basically lived on our bikes. I would say I rode between 2-7 miles daily when I was a kid. I can't speak for the rest of America though.
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Old 10-20-08, 09:47 PM   #18
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When I was a kid, it seemed like I did quite a bit of bicycling. But for example, when I was in high school, I rode to school, and rode to work. It was about a mile to school, half a mile to work. So it seemed like I was doing a lot of bicycling, but that's only 3 miles a day, or maybe 600 miles a year. And when I wasn't riding to school, a lot less than that.

One thing I notice with the kids here on my block. They spend a fair bit of time riding around, but they're going 5 mph, too. So by the time I've hit the cranks two strokes, I'm going faster than any of them ever do.
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Old 10-20-08, 09:50 PM   #19
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It's a different world for kids now. When I was a kid, I rode everywhere I could - walking didn't get me there fast enough.

Now there's a much greater safety factor. Traffic is far heavier. The only real miles my son (12) gets are when I load his bike up and take him to the rail trail.

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Old 10-21-08, 01:02 AM   #20
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I think I used to ride something like 1-2 miles a day at that age, but only during the warm half of the year, and not every day, so maybe 100 miles a year?
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Old 10-21-08, 02:27 AM   #21
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in my densely populated suburban area, it's definitely between 0 & 50 per yr. they majority of the those rotund kids don't even leave the cul-de-sac when they're out playing/riding/whatever. but that's a different topic altogether.
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Old 10-21-08, 02:31 AM   #22
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Let's say between the ages of 8 and 12.
How many miles do you think average senior citizens walk in shopping malls annually?
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Old 10-21-08, 02:36 AM   #23
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Old 10-21-08, 03:26 AM   #24
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nice link. they project i would only take out a mere 24 kids.
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