1· How long have you been biking to school?
We have been biking to school for 2 1/2 years, since my daughter started Kinder at Marshall.
2· Why did you start?
We’ve always been a biking family, so it wasn’t a matter of starting, just a matter of continuing our family’s lifestyle and making it work for the school commute.
3· What’s one fun story from your walking/biking to school?
My favorite thing about it is the smiles we put on people’s faces first thing in the morning, You really feel like you’re making a difference to these folks, however small, when they look over and a smile lights up their faces as they see my 7-year old rapidly peddling her own 1-speed bike with her backpack on, chatting away, and me with my 3-year-old son, dragged along every day for the ride, either on my bike in the bike seat, or on the gator-trailer, peddling his own bike while I pull him safely behind me. I guess we look pretty cute!
4· How does walking/biking to school impact your ability to get to work?
Biking to school doesn’t impact my ability to get to work, as I bike to work at the Opera house as well, and can continue on my route after dropping both kids off at their respective schools in the Mission.
5· What advice would you give to other parents interested in walking/biking to school?
Ride on the sidewalk and take your time. It’s really pretty safe. And leaving those 10-15 min earlier is well-worth the built-in exercise for you and your child, as well as the family bonding time as you travel together outside, breathing the fresh air, and chatting along the way. It also promotes a sense of community, as we wave at folks who expect us to ride by every day, and we pass other neighbors taking their kids to school or heading off to work. I also like how the expectation to ride every day builds in an environmentally-friendly mentality for my children.