"The parent-generated traffic is significant. We see one or two kids sitting in the back of their mom and dad's SUVs. Traffic is backed up for miles. It takes just about five minutes more to bike my two sons to school than it does to drive. Despite the dangers, the benefits outweigh the risks."The magazine is one benefit of belonging to the League of American Bicyclists, which has been looking out for cyclists' welfare since the dirt-road days when bikes outnumbered motor cars.
This is also a good time to mention that on Oct. 7, many parents and educators will observe observe worldwide Walk and Bike to School Day. Read more about it here. In the same vein, you might also like to find out about Florida's Safe Routes to School Program. Then ask your children's teachers if they're participating.