Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
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I live across the street from an elementary school in a rural area that's turning to suburbs. the school has about 140 students, and when my kids went there in the '80s, there were usually 50 or so bikes in the rack (none of the students lives more than three miles away). Over the last few years, that's dwindled to none most days, occasionally half a dozen on the first nice day of spring.
The principal is a friend and a cyclist, and last year we sent home flyers encouraging kids to walk or ride to school and offering a Saturday bike clinic where we and a few friends would fix flats and make minor repairs "to that old bike in your garage." We thought we might get a couple of dozen bikes, and we planned to push riding instead of being dropped off in the SUV.
Only two people showed up, and the following Monday just one of those rode to school. When the day was over, his mom picked him up in the Denali to save him the half-mile ride home.
Gee, I can't understand why we have an obesity problem....