‘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, such as solving puzzles, and that the effects lasted for up to four hours after they got to school.’
I do like to see research that demonstrates what is surely pretty much commonsense, but in a way that most of us hadn't thought about.
All the same, I don’t want to spoil the story, but I should
note that for most of my secondary school career I either cycled or walked between
2.5 and 3 miles each way, and was never any good at concentrating on anything
other than my lunch or sport. Nor have been since.
‘Many parents pay for test prep and after-school enrichment programs to make their kids more academically competitive, and go to great lengths to schedule time for those activities. Imagine if they invested those resources instead in something as simple as helping their children to travel safely from home to school on foot or by bike, arriving ready to learn.’