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(Boston Globe)   Parents in "bicycle-friendly" town won't let children ride to school because they don't trust parents who drive their kids to school   (boston.com) divider line 142
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2010-03-21 11:34:09 AM
Stupid bubble-wrapping parents.

I rode to school on a bike from the 3rd-8th grade. The only reason I didn't ride a bike in high school was because the route was partially on an interstate highway.
 
2010-03-21 01:07:58 PM
I just abduct kids from the bus stop. Shows them.
 
2010-03-21 01:08:54 PM
DarthBrooks: Stupid bubble-wrapping parents.

I rode to school on a bike from the 3rd-8th grade. The only reason I didn't ride a bike in high school was because the route was partially on an interstate highway.


for us it was the chance of being hit with beer cans/bottles on the way to highschool (can't dodge a bottle on a bike)
 
2010-03-21 01:09:04 PM
They should erect a shiatty wall.
 
2010-03-21 01:09:31 PM
Moms are scared because they know the other moms drive just like they do.

/put down the phone and the starbucks mocha and PAY ATTENTION
 
2010-03-21 01:09:39 PM
ssl.fark.com tag got run over by an SUV again?
 
2010-03-21 01:10:27 PM
thelordofcheese: I just abduct kids from the bus stop. Shows them.

Big yellow buses are surprisingly cheap. Much cheaper than a reinforced basement.
 
2010-03-21 01:11:26 PM
How long is it going to be before they ban *walking* to school for fear of the traffic?

Will you be expelled if Mommy can't afford the hybrid LX450h or what?
 
2010-03-21 01:16:43 PM
Bikes are not for roads.
 
2010-03-21 01:17:54 PM
Those parents probably read a bike thread on Fark.
 
2010-03-21 01:18:39 PM
jfarkinB: tag got run over by an SUV again?

More like assinine tag
 
2010-03-21 01:18:44 PM
www.urban75.org


These kids need to form a Critical Mass! (new window)
 
2010-03-21 01:22:43 PM
zepplinrules: Bikes are not for roads.

How cute.
 
2010-03-21 01:23:02 PM
zepplinrules: Bikes are not for roads.

No doubt, they spent millions on nice bike paths and yet the morons still use the road and screw up trafic.
 
2010-03-21 01:23:21 PM
Wow a bicycle douchebag thread and a speed trap thread so close together?


Is it my birthday?
 
2010-03-21 01:23:37 PM
Joe Blowme: zepplinrules: Bikes are not for roads.

No doubt, they spent millions on nice bike paths and yet the morons still use the road and screw up trafic.


oh, and Jimmy Page is a god
 
2010-03-21 01:25:43 PM
I regularly rode my bike to school. I started in elementary school and continued through high school. And that was whether it was rain or shine. (I never liked to wake my dad--who worked graveyard shift--to take me to school; I always felt bad about it.)

Only reason I stopped was they started enforcing the helmet law and my helmet looked dumb, so I started driving to school.

Now I need to get myself a new bike (beach cruiser only!), and get my daughter to learn as well. I love bike riding, and I can pick out my own non-dorky helmet now!
 
2010-03-21 01:26:40 PM
If only there were a way for bicycle paths and streets to cross without meeting. Too bad there isn't some way to bridge over or tunnel through this problem.
 
2010-03-21 01:27:26 PM
because mass drivers do stuff like this in school zones
 
2010-03-21 01:28:57 PM
I forgot how to ride a bike.
 
2010-03-21 01:29:06 PM
Joe Blowme: No doubt, they spent millions on nice bike paths and yet the morons still use the road and screw up trafic.

Yeah, because bike paths go everywhere that roads do. Moran.
 
2010-03-21 01:29:54 PM
FTA

A bicycling committee advises town leaders on bike issues.

hmmm....

I think I'll go with

groan...
 
2010-03-21 01:30:33 PM
why don't they just ban cars from the school zone? GASP.
 
2010-03-21 01:31:15 PM
brap slightly related biographical factoid #4902...

I used to ride my bike to school with a neighbor kid. It kind of sucked the day he got hit by a car.

The thing that I vividly remember about it is running to a persons house and asking if they could call an ambulance, waiting for about five minutes and completely freaking out about being late to school . Eventually I got so worked up that I left his crumpled body the second I saw the EMTs.

He lived, broke a few bones, but Jesus Christ what the hell was wrong with me? I've got some good news and some bad news, the bad news your friend is dead, the good news PERFECT ATTENDANCE!
 
2010-03-21 01:31:17 PM
I wonder if these parents also support anti-overpopulation programs.
 
2010-03-21 01:31:37 PM
Hey Massachusetts, why don't you take the cops from the construction zones and put them in the school zones? Zealously enforce the 20-mph limit, institute a single drop-off/pick-up zone that's at least 30 yards from the school door and accessible along a single route only, and then let the kids walk or ride their bikes.
 
2010-03-21 01:32:58 PM
If only these parents could function as some sort of enclosed transport vehicle for their kids, one that could fly over those crazy drivers but take off and land without a runway/ If only there were some sort of term for them...
 
2010-03-21 01:33:58 PM
Simple: Stop driving the kids to school.
 
2010-03-21 01:34:24 PM
The fact is, bicycling relieves traffic more than it creates it. Every kid on a bike on their way to school is removing a car that would be driving them to school. And there is almost no valid reason that older kids cannot safely ride bikes to school (or at least ride them as safely as parents drive their kids to school).
 
2010-03-21 01:34:39 PM
Hmm so far we've got people claiming bikes don't belong on the road, and others suggesting overcrowding the roads with several hundred hippies on bikes. I guess I'm in the minority for thinking that cyclists should ride in the bike lane when possible and follow all traffic laws, and be courteous to motorists and pedestrians. Seems pretty simple... but no, the solution is surely to ban bikes or hold a patchouli fermented bike parade. Right.
 
2010-03-21 01:35:02 PM
so you paint a line down the needed sidwalks and divide it into two that allows bikes on the left part 1 hour before school starts and 1 hour after, that way stupid moms and their suv shopping cart baby carriages have the other 22 hours of the day to walk around...
 
2010-03-21 01:35:32 PM
Vanetia: I regularly rode my bike to school. I started in elementary school and continued through high school.

We werent allowed to ride bikes to school and this was in the 70s no less.

I suppose the concern was the same - getting sued into oblivian for the first kid that ended up as road-burger.

The class Tough rode his to school though and ditched it in the bushes. Eventually he was caught.

As usual it was the cover up (ditching the bike) and not the crime that did him in.
 
2010-03-21 01:35:45 PM
Brown Sauce: These kids need to form a Critical Mass! (new window)

What I wouldn't give for a chance to drive a Buick through that mess.
 
2010-03-21 01:36:24 PM
Biking vs. Carpooling to school debate seems rather pedestrian.
 
2010-03-21 01:36:29 PM
Drive a car
Take the bus
Walk
Don't be an asshat and ride your farking bicycle down the road at 10mph. Do you really think that ridiculous little plastic helmet is going to keep you safe on a roadway? Use the sidewalk or just make your own path, roads are for cars.
 
2010-03-21 01:40:09 PM
What about road bikes?
 
2010-03-21 01:40:31 PM
I rode my bike to school back in the 80s. All the cool kids did it.
 
2010-03-21 01:40:58 PM
Meanwhile, the town also prohibits biking on sidewalks - although the bylaw is not strongly enforced

Then just change it.
Biking on sidewalks is prohibited here, too - except for children because they are prohibited from using the street until they're at least eight years old and are allowed to use the sidewalk until they're ten.
 
2010-03-21 01:41:05 PM
zepplinrules: Drive a car
Take the bus
Walk
Don't be an asshat and ride your farking bicycle down the road at 10mph. Do you really think that ridiculous little plastic helmet is going to keep you safe on a roadway? Use the sidewalk or just make your own path, roads are for cars.


Sadly the laws of the land disagree with you even if Newton`s laws do.
 
2010-03-21 01:42:25 PM
JasonOfOrillia: zepplinrules: Drive a car
Take the bus
Walk
Don't be an asshat and ride your farking bicycle down the road at 10mph. Do you really think that ridiculous little plastic helmet is going to keep you safe on a roadway? Use the sidewalk or just make your own path, roads are for cars.

Sadly the laws of the land disagree with you even if Newton`s laws do.


It's legal to ride your bike down the road if you follow the rules of the road. If you run stop signs and cut across lanes without looking and never signal your turns then you have no right to be on the road.
 
2010-03-21 01:42:53 PM
Wait, did anyone notice this gem from the article:

Most Arlington children live within a mile of an elementary school, so there are no school buses.

So these children, who live up to a mile away from school, are being *driven* there? You gotta be kidding me! Why aren't more of these kids walking to school?
 
2010-03-21 01:43:31 PM
MaudlinMutantMollusk: Moms are scared because they know the other moms drive just like they do.

/put down the phone and the starbucks mocha and PAY ATTENTION


...and then buy a car that you can actually drive, and park!
 
2010-03-21 01:43:36 PM
Mnemia: Joe Blowme: No doubt, they spent millions on nice bike paths and yet the morons still use the road and screw up trafic.

Yeah, because bike paths go everywhere that roads do. Moran.


so wrap your kid in bubble wrap, asshat
 
2010-03-21 01:43:36 PM
Clete Orris: Biking vs. Carpooling to school debate seems rather pedestrian.

Ha!

If they hadn't had the kids in the first place this wouldn't be an issue.
 
2010-03-21 01:44:26 PM
FrancoFile: Hey Massachusetts, why don't you take the cops from the construction zones and put them in the school zones? Zealously enforce the 20-mph limit, institute a single drop-off/pick-up zone that's at least 30 yards from the school door and accessible along a single route only, and then let the kids walk or ride their bikes.

In fact, this is kind of how it used to be done, except that there weren't hordes of parents dropping their kids off in cars every day. It worked fine to have the kids who lived close (as in, under a couple miles) walk or bike to school and kids who lived further away ride the bus (which they sometimes had to walk to). Helicopter parents destroyed the whole system by deciding (with little basis in reality) it was "too dangerous" for their children to walk short distances alone. Now you see parents hovering in their cars around the bus stops and such because of their extreme paranoia. It's gotten completely crazy, to the point that schools are doing things like calling CPS on parents who have their children walk or bike to school.

Interesting tidbit: According to EPA, up to 20% of weekday morning traffic is caused by parents driving their children to school. Noting that relatively small reductions in traffic volume can lead to large decreases in congestion (if it gets roads back under their normal capacity), eliminating a lot of that and/or consolidating it into buses again would greatly help with rush hour traffic, pollution, energy usage, etc. Think about that next time you're stuck in traffic, rather than cursing bicyclists.
 
2010-03-21 01:44:30 PM
I see far more bad drivers on the road than bad cyclists. Cars do not belong on the road!!
 
2010-03-21 01:45:17 PM
zepplinrules: JasonOfOrillia: zepplinrules: Drive a car
Take the bus
Walk
Don't be an asshat and ride your farking bicycle down the road at 10mph. Do you really think that ridiculous little plastic helmet is going to keep you safe on a roadway? Use the sidewalk or just make your own path, roads are for cars.

Sadly the laws of the land disagree with you even if Newton`s laws do.

It's legal to ride your bike down the road if you follow the rules of the road. If you run stop signs and cut across lanes without looking and never signal your turns then you have no right to be on the road.


This.
If I had a dollar for every cyclist who makes a right turn on red without stopping, then a u-turn across traffic, then another right....
 
2010-03-21 01:46:59 PM
zepplinrules: It's legal to ride your bike down the road if you follow the rules of the road.

Then what were you whining about?
 
2010-03-21 01:47:11 PM
I live in pretty much the biking capital of Georgia... well biking and Golf Carts, and I trust people on the highways more than on the fricking bike paths around here... maniacs
 
2010-03-21 01:48:31 PM
AbbeySomeone: Clete Orris: Biking vs. Carpooling to school debate seems rather pedestrian.

Ha!

If they hadn't had the kids in the first place this wouldn't be an issue.


Ah, the birth control argument...

Bravo
*golf clap*
 
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