When fall starts to arrive, it is a great time to start thinking about alternative ways to get the kids to school. Bicycling to school is an excellent idea. For lots of reasons.
I'm not sure when this happened, but somewhere in there, it seemed like kids had about two choices on how to get to school. By car ( you driving them ) or by bus. Walking and biking kind of fell off the list. But more and more lately, I see adults, riding their bikes to work, accompanying their kids to school first. It's a great sight. The adult bike commuter riding toward the local elementary school with a bike trailer, or a child riding along on a smaller bike as part of a shared morning routine.
Sure, it's nice to have the flexibility to have a school and work schedule that is sympatico, or an adult at home during the day that can make the trip to and back with their child, but the fact that more and more people are actually doing this is refreshing and hopeful.
It is no secret that the obesity rate for all ofl America now exceeds 20%. Part of this is due to our dependance on motorized vehicles to get us everywhere rather than us thinking and incorporating walking and bike riding and bus riding into our daily chores, routines, and commute.
Grade Schools in the area offer bike rodeos. Teacing the younger ones the rules of the road and safe riding skill.
Middle school kids can benefit from the great Major Taylor and Bike Works programs that reach riding skills and bike repair and rebuild skills
High Schools now teach bike awareness as part of drivers education.
All of these things insure that the next generations will be better bike riders, and bike commuters, and aware drivers than we are.