Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bike-to-school mom shares her story

A tip of the helmet to independent writer Dina Weinstein for her readable piece in the current American Bicyclist about her daily bike ride to school and back with her sons, ages 6 and 8, through Miami's formidable traffic. With local public schools resuming class next week, her timing couldn't be better:
"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.

4 comments:

Rick said...

A link to the article??? Or am I missing something?

vey said...

"The magazine is one benefit of belonging to the League of American Bicyclists"

I do not agree. The LAB has been handing out "medals" to reward politicians for adding dangerous bicycle lanes to our streets.

Specifically, bicycle lanes located next to parked cars present a danger to cyclists that would not exist if the LAB wasn't encouraging them. Marking streets in such a dangerous manner should not be rewarded, but condemned, no matter how safe beginner cyclists "feel" by using them.

Additionally, there is a movement in the LAB to encourage "cycle tracks" which has been been proven over and over, since the 1920's, to be dangerous by the Europeans that have experimented with them. I suppose that American Exceptionalism would make such tracks safe here when they aren't every else in the world.

Dina said...

Thanks for your positive review!
Dina Weinstein

JHop said...

Rick, the latest issue of the magazine that's available online right now is May/June. I imagine the current one will be available in late September at www.bikeleague.org.