Saturday, October 3, 2009

No wonder we're obese...

Fifteen year ban on riding or walking to school? Come on! Saratoga Springs is a chill town too, that's where Serotta is.

6 comments:

AOJules said...

I'm reluctantly speaking up, as I am SO not cool enough to be on this blog....but.... If this article provokes any pangs of advocacy with anyone here, Activate Omaha's Safe Routes to School program is a great place to plug in. I would love to have an army of cycling volunteers that can help at schools as we gear up for bike to school days, bike rodeos, etc.

If a kid is can't/won't ride to school or soccer practice or to the library, what are the chances he/she will be open to alternative transportation as an adult?

You can contact me at Activate Omaha if you want to join our soapbox! :) Julie

RD said...

if you are ride a bike you cool :D
and i totally agree with what you say

MOD said...

Oh, you're cool enough Julie, speak up often.

I can't believe not riding to school. I was doing it by third grade, did a brief stint on a skateboard but then was back to the bike by high school.

Shouldn't schools be encouraging riding and walking?

2sean9er said...

This article is outrageous.

AOJules said...

Awww...thanks for hospitality, fellas.

Truthfully, the schools aren't necessarily the problem in most cases, it is the parents that you have to convince. When I speak to groups (of adults)and I ask for a show of hands of who walked/biked to school every day growing up, the majority of hands go up - so there is obviously a huge disconnect here.

It took a generation to get to the point where kids don't think twice about finding the recycling bin rather than the trash can for their plastic bottles...so we need to start NOW with the kids who will be using all of the great on street facilities that are coming to Omaha!

AOJules said...

Update: Even Newt Gingrich thinks this kid should be allowed to ride to school in Saratoga Springs!!
http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=850757