Since last fall, I've been the legal guardian of my fiancee's 9 year old daughter while she's serving overseas for a minimum of 2 years. Throughout the winter I kept the car for emergencies but eventually got tired of paying the insurance on it just to sit there so I sold it to a friend of mine. It was shaky at first, I was apprehensive over the idea of giving up the car with a kid around in case of an emergency, but we seemed to make it work out. Unfortunately, some teacher at the school saw us riding away on bikes and decided to file a child endangerment report with social services. The part I can't figure out is why, and of course the caseworker isn't at liberty to disclose any information. She's a happy, healthy, well dressed kid who happens to like riding her bike everywhere. If its safety they're concerned about, her bike has bright lights in front and the rear, she always wears a helmet, and wears a hi-viz shirt with a reflector triangle on the back. She doesn't ride by herself and always rides in front or to the right of me depending on where we ride. The most traffic we see on our local roads are animals and tractors. I've seen kids bouncing around in the back of pick up trucks but nobody seemed to complain about that, but we try to better ourselves and the planet by going green by riding our bikes everywhere and we get singled out.
The caseworker specifically told me that if I could prove that I owned a car there wouldn't be a problem, but without one I'm putting her in "extreme danger". So if I buy a car, insure it, and let it sit in my driveway and still take the bikes everywhere she'd be safer. hmm, I think we're more aware of our surroundings on the bikes than we would in a steal cage-don't you?