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Old 06-04-08, 09:27 AM
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My son is a future bike commuter!

thought you all might appreciate this one.

the other day when we were all sitting down for dinner, i got into a discussion with my 7yo on saving and spending money and how if he saved enough and was smart he could buy his own car when he got his license and then he could drive to a job. He very quickly replied and corrected me by saying "Oh no daddy! I am going to buy a bike and commute to work just like you do!"
He was very emphatic and 100% serious about it. Nice to know my son is thinking way more out of the box than I am in regards to his future!
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I went for my first 50 mile organized ride last weekend, and my daughter now wants me to take her with me the next time, with one of those trailers (she's 3). She said when she's big enough she wants to ride herself.
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Old 06-04-08, 09:43 AM
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My 4 year old seems to think cars are awesome. I will have that one nixed in a couple years.

However, he loves the idea of racing other kids in a small kids crit at the park.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
My 4 year old seems to think cars are awesome. I will have that one nixed in a couple years.

However, he loves the idea of racing other kids in a small kids crit at the park.
My kid thinks cars are awesome, too. Since that's my other hobby, I couldn't be happier. Makes her mother somewhat irritated though
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Old 06-04-08, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by jterribili View Post
thought you all might appreciate this one.

the other day when we were all sitting down for dinner, i got into a discussion with my 7yo on saving and spending money and how if he saved enough and was smart he could buy his own car when he got his license and then he could drive to a job. He very quickly replied and corrected me by saying "Oh no daddy! I am going to buy a bike and commute to work just like you do!"
He was very emphatic and 100% serious about it. Nice to know my son is thinking way more out of the box than I am in regards to his future!
I got started commuting to elementary school at his age. But that was a while ago so it's not so simple any more.

Maybe you can get a Safe Routes to School bicycling program started at his school so that he can commute to school.
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My 6 yr old said when he gets big he doesn't want a car, he wants a pugsley. He's ridden his own bike to school both years (last year on training wheels).
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Old 06-04-08, 10:53 AM
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Sweet thread! I have two boys (5 & 7 years old). I ride with them to school from time to time, and wanted to get them to ride to school on their own starting next year. Unfortunately, my wife told me of a school policy that kids need to be in 3rd grade before they can ride their bikes to school on their own. Bummer, because they already know the route to school really well.
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Old 06-04-08, 11:16 AM
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Great thread. I've ridden with my 4-year old son to his daycare a couple of times and I'm looking forward to his riding to school when kindergarten starts next year.
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Old 06-04-08, 11:18 AM
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On my commute yesterday, I saw a woman riding with her two little kids -- couldn't be more than 7-8 years old -- on the Hudson Greenway. I slowed to ask if she was riding them to school. After an affirmative reply, I let her know that she'd made my day.
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Old 06-04-08, 11:19 AM
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Sorry to put a damper on things, but I used to ride with the kids when they were young and got them enthusiastic about cycling.

Now they are all teenagers and only want to drive a car. 15, 17, and 18. It's frustrating as heck.

Good luck!
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Old 06-04-08, 11:29 AM
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My three year old grandson thinks he has super powers. He'll ride bikes. He's got the right attitude.
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My 6 and 10 yr olds commute every day! When my 6-yr old started riding his own bike instead of the trail-a-bike, I gave him a very special gift.
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Originally Posted by jterribili View Post
thought you all might appreciate this one.

the other day when we were all sitting down for dinner, i got into a discussion with my 7yo on saving and spending money and how if he saved enough and was smart he could buy his own car when he got his license and then he could drive to a job. He very quickly replied and corrected me by saying "Oh no daddy! I am going to buy a bike and commute to work just like you do!"
He was very emphatic and 100% serious about it. Nice to know my son is thinking way more out of the box than I am in regards to his future!
WTG for raising such a sharp kid!!!
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my son who is finishing up his first year of K, commuted to school by bike this year any day it was above 40 and not raining. Last weekend he explained to my 40 yo friends why it's good for the earth; a few weeks prior asked why we couldn't ride to do our errands.
Kids are smart. They know riding a bike is more fun than sitting in a car and are perfectly capable of understanding its benefits.
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Old 06-04-08, 12:16 PM
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I came home two days ago and my two year old was saying "commuter bike"...cracked me up something fierce. He says he wants to ride daddy/tatay's commuter bike when he gets big. He's welcome to it, if the beater lasts that long!
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Old 06-04-08, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by thdave View Post
Sorry to put a damper on things, but I used to ride with the kids when they were young and got them enthusiastic about cycling.

Now they are all teenagers and only want to drive a car. 15, 17, and 18. It's frustrating as heck.

Good luck!
Damn you thdave! At least let me revel in it a bit, will ya? JEEZ!
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Old 06-04-08, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jterribili View Post
Damn you thdave! At least let me revel in it a bit, will ya? JEEZ!
Revel in the joy of youngsters. They are great. They also have unending love for their parents, which is a lot of fun.

However, they change... They are still great, but they go their own way. That's how they mature. I wouldn't fret about it, but I wouldn't count on your kid becoming a "future bike commuter" just yet.
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My 15 yo son will understand the costs associated with commuting this summer… He will have the option of biking the 7.5 miles to summer school or pay me $0.50/mile, round trip, twice/day!
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Originally Posted by jterribili View Post
Damn you thdave! At least let me revel in it a bit, will ya? JEEZ!
Don't worry. It becomes cool again about the time they hit their 40's....
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