With all the talk about saving neighborhood schools and the cost and damage of busing kids all over the city, this is a good time for the biking community to conceive ways to make use of bikes to help solve some problems with schools.

For example:

  • install secure bike rack
  • teach bike safety
  • provide bike repair service and lessons
  • require bike helmets and reflectors for kids biking to school

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I love this idea!  It's time has come!!!  I will start floating this idea around our older youth for input.  We have another storefront at 168 Genesee St. next to where The Seedfolk Store will be established (166 Genesee St.).  Might that be a bike repair shop?

We would also have to consider increased/adequate security measures to ensure that bikes don't "ride away" with non-owners.

Perhaps R Community Bikes would be interested in opening a secondary location?

Bike-to-school is a good idea, especially with the current epidemic of childhood obesity.

However, research is mixed on hemet effectiveness. Emphasis on helmets has distracted Americans, Britons, Australians and New Zealanders from skill development and other more-important concerns.

http://www.cyclecraft.co.uk/digest/2002glos.pdf

Research shows that reflectors alone, especially the All-Reflector System mandated by CPSC, are not effective.

http://www.johnforester.com/Articles/Lights/cpscreq.htm

Cycling at night without lights is not only illegal, it’s dangerous, and produces a high percentage of cycling injuries and fatalities.

Half of all cycling fatalities among adults involve cycling at night without lights.

http://www.bicyclinglife.com/PracticalCycling/VCIntro.htm

Bob

Just got this from the "Rochester Cycling Alliance":

Ammunition to convince school to participate in "Safe Routes to Schools" Check out this article:  http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/02/kids-who-walk-or-b...

Bike trains, as well as walking school buses, are an interesting possibility if students are close enough to their school.  Portland is an example of such a program, as seen here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1EgjAk...  and here http://vimeo.com/38385810#t=122.  Minneapolis and Atlanta also have some bike trains. 

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