Archive | Bikes and cycling

Guess what happens when your kid bike to school? (No, you do not get a professional makeover.)

What Happened When I Asked My Kids to Bike to School

. Michelle Millet lives in Davis, CA with her husband, two kids and…some bikes: Riding to School All On Their Own by Michelle Millet In August, with my daughter entering sixth grade and my son entering third, I decided this would be the year my kids started to make the 2-mile bike ride from our […]

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Why am I ruling about a bike ride???

Divorced Dad Asks: Can Ex-Wife Force Me to Overprotect My Child?

. Here’s one of the occasional letters I get from divorced parents who see their child’s safety differently: Dear Free-Range Kids: I hope you can help me or provide me with some recommendations. I have a court date on October 6th in which it will be discussed whether I can let my 9-year-old daughter (4th […]

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Nashua, NH (back in the uncopyrighted photos day).

A Summertime Bus for Kids to the Pool and Library?

Let’s hear it for Nashua, NH, a child-friendly city indeed!  Take note, all ye urbanists, city planners, and mayors: Look at how simple a summer-changing, childhood changing idea can be. Nashua is giving kids the gift of transit — and trust. According to the Nashua Patch: The city of Nashua will launch a summer recreation […]

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A Remote Control Brake for Your Kid’s Bike?

Readers — Add this to the ever-longer list of items that start from the assumption that kids are in constant danger so parents must be in constant control: \ \ Needless to say (perhaps) I am dismayed by this device, not only because it gives kids the wrong impression — “I don’t have to learn to […]

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Does Car Slowing Down = “Attempted Kidnapping”?

Readers — This story is headlined, “Attempted kidnapping caught on tape!” but…was it? I’m glad the girl is safe but does a slowing car really equal = “kidnap threat”? Unless there’s more to this story than what we see here, it strikes me as bizarre that everyone is acting as if the girl somehow only […]

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