Any How to School But Car

"Why Can’t She Walk to School,” a piece published yesterday in the Sunday New York Times, has elicited a fair amount of opinion lobbing. Commuting to work by bicycle in the summer is a fairly relaxed experience, compared to how busy the roads get when school begins in September. You have to wonder at one of the illogical motives for driving kids to school — too much traffic. Hmmmm. So YOUR car doesn’t count?

The other illogical reason is abduction fears and the NY Times article points out the vast difference in numbers between how many kids get abducted annually in the U.S. and how many die in vehicular crashes: “About 115 children are kidnapped by strangers each year, according to federal statistics; 250,000 are injured in auto accidents.” We can control random abductions but not car crashes?

One way to get around this is to bike to school, you can supervise your kids AND reduce traffic making it safe for everyone. Yet communities in the U.S. have seen an increase in bike bans in school districts. (A Saratoga, NY student and his mom challenged a bike ban on the first day of school.) It’s like the residents on a busy street who say no to a bus because….the street already has too much traffic. Hmmmm. Compare this attitude with a district in Amsterdam that wants to encourage even MORE people to bicycle.