Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bike/walk to school day

The two-wheeled green bus
Today was her school's first ever bike/walk to school day. I don't know why they chose a date in late October, or why it didn't coincide with International Bike/Walk to school day on October 6, but it is what it is. We awoke to a chilly 36°F and were running later than usual, so we opted for the Dummy alone to assure a good experience. We had a pleasant but intermittently cold and windy ride, arriving at school on time. There were quite a few walkers and fewer bikers, with the chilliness of the morning probably taking its toll on higher participation.

Overall, bike/walk to school day is a good way to introduce parents and kids to the idea of leaving the car at home for routine trips. I'd like to see a national bike/walk to school/work day once a month, because in most parts of the U.S. there are plenty of nice days throughout the year. I also like the walking school bus idea, and I'm sure that a biking school bus could just as readily be organized.

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