Originally posted by thbirks
When i see a kid on a bike they are going someplace; to a friend's house, maybe school, to the basketball courts.
The problem is I don't see many kids riding. Anyway, when i see a kid on a bike it makes me feel good. I wish i saw more of them. It even makes me feel good just to see kids playing outside in their yards, instead of hiding inside playing nintendo and surfing the web.
When I was a kid, I couldn't wait to learn to ride a bike.
I remember when I first finally balanced one on my own. It was magical and I was hooked after that.
I rode to my friends houses (on the street,) the store, school, even downtown Washington, DC. So did my friends. Bikes were our cars and we even compared each other's bikes the way adults compare cars.
When a child learns to ride a bike, they are more likely to do so again as an adult. A child or adolescent who
learns proper traffic cycling skills will make a safer driver as an adult. When a child does not learn to ride a bike,
and there is no other way to get around except walking,
they are trapped into a sedentary lifestyle, unless they pick up tennis or some other lifelong sport. Youth is the great opportunity to make future cyclists.
As an adult who came back to cycling in my mid 30's (now 41,) I cycle to work 30 miles round trip, and walk
about 6 or 7 miles on "cycling off" days, and I think it's perfectly natural. Since I did it so much growing up, I am
not swayed by the opinions of my friends who are car-addicts who can't understand what I'm doing. That' ok,
I don't understand driving everyplace, either.