Cycling advocates say safe cycling routes are needed to head off the obesity epidemic.
New research from Auckland University researchers shows that three quarters of obese children are at greater risk of long-term heart disease.
CAN spokesman Patrick Morgan says that telling people what to eat or to exercise more won't solve the problem.
"Education alone can not work. We also need to redesign our physical environment to make physical activity easy."
He says the Government's $350 million investment in the Urban Cycleways...