Push for students to bike to school
Positive impact for kids
- Duration 2:39
- Date May 14, 2012
Positive impact for kids
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Pay attention may is national bike month and there is a big push to get kids riding their bikes more.
A recent Department of Transportation survey finds the number of students writing to school has dropped 35%.
Some -- biking is a way that could help fight America's obesity and epidemic.
And yet some schools are actually banning children from riding their -- to school can you believe that.
Talk about what Peter -- he's the editor in chief of bicycling magazine and you practice what you preach you ride to school with your kid.
Yeah I had a seven year old named Lucas and he and I do bike to school couple times a week.
On and -- -- a lot of people we live pretty far from from home and so we often drive to my office and -- from there but it's a great way to start the debt.
Why has the number of kids bike being.
To school why is it dropped so precipitously I mean I did it when I was a kid.
Yeah I think there -- a lot of cultural reasons people.
-- are afraid that the streets artists -- there's a lot of suburban sprawl.
On the a lot of schools out moved out of you know in the middle talent and they're located on on big tracks out of there a few miles out of town and so it's it's further swollen.
And and more miles.
-- kids are addicted to video games there's a lot of forces conspiring but I think the big thing is that.
The parents are just calm nervous to let their kids do what they themselves did when they were kids.
Yeah one and why is that I mean -- there.
Been any psychological research done into that because I mean it and when I was a kid we didn't have helmets we didn't have all those safety features and yet.
I wrote every war.
Yeah it's it's it's a troubling trend -- you know within the facts are that the others less violent crime and then there was -- twenty years ago.
On the of the streets aren't Mort -- more dangerous but they are not they're not they're not but I'm.
You know people just -- you know it's we're more concerned about our kids these days -- we we used to be were more protective of them and I think.
-- a lot of this will be parents just having the confidence.
To let their kids do what they did themselves and there are schools that have actually banned kids from riding the school yet we have a big story in our June issue other investigative piece about a family in Saratoga Springs.
On new York and at twelve year old bike to school with his mom and when they got there they were detained and told that it at at at -- maple avenue middle -- middle middle school.
Dead on biking or walking to school was not legal literally if you live across the street from the school you can't walk arrived there.
Well I wish we had more time I know you've got some great suggestions in the magazine bicycling magazine on how parents can get their kids on the -- sort.
Great great fitness -- for independence to.
That -- -- bicycling thank you.
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