|Pre-flight check complete: Big Dummy with Electra in tow position|
This is where the Big Dummy comes in. We'll tow her Electra during the first segment of the trip, from home to just past the big street. Once on the trail, she'll launch off on her own bike with me accompanying her on the Dummy for the remainder of the journey. We've ridden a couple of very smooth dry runs on the route. From door to door, the trip takes 13 to 14 minutes, including time to disconnect her bike from the Dummy and of course obeying all traffic signs and rules of the road. I doubt that the time requirements would be much different in a car, including parking and walking time, and it wouldn't be anywhere near as fun.
She is excited for school and I'm proud that on her first day of public school she'll arrive by bike under her own power.