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Old 05-08-13, 06:03 PM
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Bike to School Day 2013 -- who was in?

I approached my two nearest and dearest -- my 15-y-o daughter and my 10-y-o nephew -- about riding to school today, when I first read about the event. My nephew almost started jumping up and down at the idea! My daughter was pretty excited, too, she just doesn't show it as much (obviously, she's 15!). The very CONCEPT of it so excited 'my boy' (my sister's youngest, they all live with me, I love the runt like he's mine, lol) that he almost IMMEDIATELY started campaigning for riding to school EVERY Wednesday for the rest of the year (3 left)!

The weather cooperated, it was GORGEOUS today; we left the house about ten minutes later than normal, since he wasn't riding the bus. We rolled easy, getting there in plenty of time. His school is less than a half-mile away, so I barely got a raised pulse, but he was thrilled! I contributed by good chain lock to the cause for him. After being home a half-hour, it was time for my daughter's ride.

She's a little "beastie" on the bike; she can keep up with me in a LOT of situations! We set a good pace getting there, no hassles with traffic, a splendid ride.

THEN, I rode home....

For that ride, an extra trip I had to make because she forgot something, and the ride home, I had damnfools to deal with -- and ALL of them cropped up in the same quarter-mile of road! Two-lane, shoulderless, the very edge of town, and THREE fools managed to 'time it JUST right' and close-pass me with oncoming traffic. (BTW, I do NOT hug the fog line.) The third one also endangered my daughter, and I'm a little skeptical about letting her ride to school as much.

All that said, BTS Day got ZERO publicity in my town -- not that it would have mattered in the areas where we live/work/school.

I don't regret doing this, my kids had a ball; but DAMN, I'm tired of careless and stupid people.

Anyone else get in on the fun?
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Old 05-09-13, 08:44 AM
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COol that you did it! I didn't know about it, but am going to try to make a point of taking my daughter to pre-school via our tandem someday soon. It's only about a mile, but not a good mile for riding unfortunately. Next year, she'll be in kindergarten a block away - almost too close to bike, but Looking forward to picking her up via bike and doing some neighborhood riding on the way home.
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Old 05-09-13, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by kesroberts View Post
COol that you did it! I didn't know about it, but am going to try to make a point of taking my daughter to pre-school via our tandem someday soon. It's only about a mile, but not a good mile for riding unfortunately. Next year, she'll be in kindergarten a block away - almost too close to bike, but Looking forward to picking her up via bike and doing some neighborhood riding on the way home.
Turn that someday into ASAP.

:-)

We got a tandem mid school year in 2012.....within a little over a week, the kids graduated to no training wheels, then 6-9 months later got new 'big kid' 24" wheeled MTBs for birthdays, and now we bicycle to school every day that it's not raining or under 40 degrees. Even though....we're probably 1/4 mile from our school. Sure beats the morning/afternoon traffic jam getting into/out of our elementary during those times.

Unfortunately, the bike rack at it's fullest.....is usually only 10-20 kid's bikes.

Our kids (3rd and 4th graders) love to ride with us now. It's a joy when they try and out sprint me (I even let them win every now and then...gotta do it at least while I still can).
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I'd be ecstatic if I saw a bike rack at a school around here with 10 bikes! My nephew's school had *1* other bike, apparently a kid that rode daily. My daughter's school had 2 others. There was a day a couple months ago that we rode to her school, and NO ONE else had ridden.
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Old 05-10-13, 09:35 AM
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i'm kinda ancient (60 next week), but i ride to school the 2 days/week that i attend.
here's one i've been wantint to post, but wasn't sure where:

in england they have 'walking buses'- 2 adults start throught the neighborhood on foot,
accumulating school kids as they pass by the houses. they arrive at school as a group.

now, the other day i saw a group of 1-2 graders doing the same sort of thing on their bikes.
it was just too cool! had 3 adults. good move, because they crossed colfax avenue (major).
the adults ran interference for the kids while using the crosswalk light. the kids had helmets on
and they all looked happy.

was super pleased. all schools should do this.

i wanted to get a pic, but folks weird out over anything these days.
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Old 05-10-13, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
I'd be ecstatic if I saw a bike rack at a school around here with 10 bikes! My nephew's school had *1* other bike, apparently a kid that rode daily. My daughter's school had 2 others. There was a day a couple months ago that we rode to her school, and NO ONE else had ridden.
i did my practicum at an elementary school. i rode every day. the school had an enclosed area with lots of racks and they sure got used!
my first day i got some funny looks from kids, but after that the word was out and i was mr. cool.
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Originally Posted by ka0use View Post
i'm kinda ancient (60 next week), but i ride to school the 2 days/week that i attend.
here's one i've been wantint to post, but wasn't sure where:

in england they have 'walking buses'- 2 adults start throught the neighborhood on foot,
accumulating school kids as they pass by the houses. they arrive at school as a group.

now, the other day i saw a group of 1-2 graders doing the same sort of thing on their bikes.
it was just too cool! had 3 adults. good move, because they crossed colfax avenue (major).
the adults ran interference for the kids while using the crosswalk light. the kids had helmets on
and they all looked happy.

was super pleased. all schools should do this.

i wanted to get a pic, but folks weird out over anything these days.
Called Bike Trains. Portland, Ore. has some. check on BikePortland.org.
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Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
I'd be ecstatic if I saw a bike rack at a school around here with 10 bikes! My nephew's school had *1* other bike, apparently a kid that rode daily. My daughter's school had 2 others. There was a day a couple months ago that we rode to her school, and NO ONE else had ridden.
I hope this works. No clue if it will tell you that I quoted you and wrote you a response? Anyways... I can't send an email back until I get to 50 posts. Just wanted to let you know. P.S. DUDE! I BOUGHT THE FUJI!!!!
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Old 05-13-13, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by dreamer0891 View Post
I hope this works. No clue if it will tell you that I quoted you and wrote you a response? Anyways... I can't send an email back until I get to 50 posts. Just wanted to let you know. P.S. DUDE! I BOUGHT THE FUJI!!!!
COOL -- hope you enjoy it!
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Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
COOL -- hope you enjoy it!
I do enjoy it! And as for directions"next state over" was of no benefit--> There are people with that "title" in almost every state around me. Tisk, tisk city please? That, or... I did hear there was a mythological person by the name of Samantha McMonigal, who lives in the mysterious land of Walla Walla Washington. Hope all is well.
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