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Cycling Projects


Lars Østergaard

MSc, Ph.d. student, University of Southern Denmark, Institute of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics, RICH


Title
The impact of active transport to school and work on biological risk factors

Projects
Safe and secure school cycling
School cycling and the metabolic syndrome
Cycling to school and overweight

Supervisor
Lars Bo Andersen, Prof. Dr.med




Safe and secure school cycling

Description
The project is a prospective intervention study with the purpose of evaluating the initiatives carried out by The Danish Cyclists Federation in corporation with local schools and authorities.


Measurements
• Fitness (Andersen running test)
• Simple measures of overweight
• Questionnaire

Intervention
A total of 23 schools participate in the study (13 intervention and 8 controls). Nine schools are located in Copenhagen, 8 on Funen, and 6 in Fredericia.

The intervention consists of
- Structural changes
- Trafic regulation around the schools
- Information and campaigns


The project is carried out in cooperation with Jan Toftegaard Støckel (University of Southern Denmark), and The Danish Cyclists Federation (Anette Jerup Jørgensen og Allan Carstensen)

Contact person and project leader
Lars Bo Andersen



School cycling and the metabolic syndrome

Description
Previous observational studies report associations between cardiometabolic risk factors and bicycling to school. The aim of this study was to investigate whether bicycling to school improve cardiometabolic risk factor profile and cardiorespiratory fitness among children.

Measurements
Kondition
- Fitness (VO2peak test)
- Blood pressure
- Blood sample
- Activity level (Accelerometry)
- Questionnaire
- Field measurement of school cycling
o GPS
o Heart rate

Intervention
Fourty three non-bicycling children were randomly allocated to control group (n=20) (i.e. no change in
lifestyle) or intervention group (i.e. bicycling to school) (n=23). Changes in fitness and cardiometabolic risk factor profile has been analysed.

Article
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23117560


Cycling to school and overweight

Description
Previous studies have been inconclusive concerning the effect of active transport on BMI. Our objective was to investigate the association between travel mode and BMI in a large community-based sample of Danish adolescents.


Measurements
- BMI
- Questionnaire
- Obesity or overweight
- Transport mode
- Physical activity

Article
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22733866

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