I would like to applaud all of the parents who are taking their kids to school by bike this month. You are all doing a fantastic job. Way to go!
Getting elementary school children to school on time is no small feat. Everyone must be fed, dressed, brushed, lunched, packed up and shod (for some reason kids can never seem to find their shoes. Our five year old has run out the door on more than one occasion without shoes on his feet. Go figure.) All of those things packed into a small window of time is quite an effort and is 100% up to the parents.
For all of you bike-to-school-parents, now you must add bikes and helmets to your morning routine. This gets easier and effortless as time goes by. And It beats firing up the car to drive a mile on any given day. You just have to do it often and make it a part of your routine.
The reduction in traffic around our local elementary school is noticible. Removing 15 or so cars off the automobile-clogged-neighborhood streets every morning and afternoon really makes a difference. I’ve seen multiple parents, who don’t normally ride, donning helments and looking quite happy this past week. Hopefully you’ll get addicted to riding and keep it up year round.
Kids used to walk and ride bikes more. According to the Bicycle Alliance Safe Routes to School page, 13% of American children walk or ride their bikes to school these days, compared to more than 66% 30 years ago. Let’s all work together to get those numbers back up!
I’m thankful my kids don’t go to Bridgewater-Raritan High School in New Jersey with it’s anti biking policy. Students are fighting administration for the right to bike to school. They even raised $2000 for a bike rack and aren’t allowed to install one.
But I still dream that someday going to school in our little corner of Seattle will be like this?
Parents, it’s up to you to make it happen!