A study published in the journal Family Relations found that “families who spent time together bicycling had stronger relationships than those who didn’t.” The study’s authors attributed this to the fact that biking requires communication and cooperation in order to be successful.
Another study published in The Lancet shows that “early cycling is associated with a reduced risk of overweight and obesity in adulthood.” The study followed 4,000 children over 25 years. The researchers found that those who had learned to ride a bike before the age of four were much less likely to be overweight as adults than those who had started later.
Both studies also found that families who biked together were more likely to engage in other activities such as talking, laughing, and problem-solving. In other words, biking brings people closer together.