a short piece on children biking to school in the UK on the always interesting Guardian Bike Blog. The author asks why parents won't ride with their children to school, but he hasn't yet got any personal experience riding with his children on their own bikes to school.
The post notes that the parents surveyed wish for separated infrastructure that would allow their children to use their bikes for transportation, but the cycling advocates quoted argue that these parents just need to get used to using the streets as they are. The parents, including one who rides her child on a cargo bike, argue that the roads are not safe enough for school age children to ride alone, but the more vocal cyclists fail to see the same dangers.
My question is: when will planners and advocates stop asking parents to love the roads and safety odds we currently live with, both here and in the UK, and just start building those separated non-car permeable lanes that we need to get our kids safely to school and back? How can we get more parents to allow their kids to ride to school? Build the safe infrastructure for them to be able to do it, that's how.
Why must "advocates" tell other parents they don't know what they need?
Check out the post on the Guardian's blog from the link and see what you think.