I spent two fantastic days in Marin, CA this week visiting with old friends and hanging out with their families. Just north of San Francisco, Marin is the epitome of car culture with traffic jams, packed parking lots and streets clogged with luxury cars.
At least they are doing something right with the kids: they get to school on bikes.
Originated in Marin in 2000, Safe Routes to School has an active and well-funded program in Marin County. Now a national organization with government funding, Safe Routes to School runs programs in many states. Even here in Washington.
My friend’s 8 and 10-year-old daughters ride their bikes to school every day on their own, nary a parent in sight. They live less than two miles from school and their route winds through calm neighborhood roads. The school and family only has a few rules for biking to school without parents: the kids must be in 3rd grade and they always ride with a buddy.
The morning I was there, the girls each received calls from their friends asking them to pick them up on the way to school. It’s fun to ride to school with friends.
Do you know kids who ride or walk to school on their own?
What’s a good age for biking to school without parents?