Sesame Street Biking - start them young, teach them right.
I was flipping channels last night before work, and saw Elmo from Sesame Street doing a show that seemed to be about nothing but riding your bike. Complete with animated bike and helmet - the bike would want to do something, the helmet's reply was always 'Not without me!!!'. I guess Elmo's goldfish got an underwater bike ornament for it's bowl and wanted to know about bikes.
I don't know, but it just gave me a good feeling - seeing television actually trying to encourage little kids(I'm guessing 4-8 years of age is the demographic for Sesame Street?) to ride bikes is a good thing, right? I didn't watch the whole show, but every time that I passed that channel, it was more Elmo with bike and helmet, or little kids riding their bikes through the studio.... They even managed to teach some basic numbers math to the kids with it - how many wheels on a bicycle? 2(Yeah!!!=elmo) How many wheels on a tricycle? 3(yeah!!!=elmo). How many wheels on a bike with training wheels? 4(yeah!!!=elmo).
It's pretty much a given that most of a person is formed in the earlier years. In the US at least, school is just a stepping stone to work, because they finally passed laws against child labor. But it's still 8 hours a day, doing pretty much the same things over and over. I read somewhere how factories were influential in the formation of public schools... They wanted people used to 8 hour shifts from the get go.
It was just nice knowing that there is some kid out there that wants to try riding a bike because they saw Elmo on one....
Sorry if it's asinine, but seeing that did actually give me warm fuzzies thinking of the future...