readers: MORE advice needed. This time on how to persuade a school that it is being
crazyÂ excessively protective.Â
Dear Free-Range Kids: I am so very upset right now and would love to have your (and other FRK readers) advice.Â I emailed the elementary school principal, asking where my son can park/lock his bike.Â (FYI, we live nearly a mile from the school — no bus service if a mile or less.) Â This was his responseâ€¦
Hello Mrs. MOM,
To ensure the safety of our children,Â students are not allowed to ride their bikes to school until they attend ADJOINING Middle School.
Now, I have read the handbook and there isnâ€™t a single mention of biking not being allowed.Â The school is centered in the middle of several nice neighborhoods, there are sidewalks, crosswalks with guards, etc.Â I plan to respond back, including the school superintendent in the conversation, but I want to make sure that I am building bridges, not burning them down.Â Any advice or words of wisdom that you can share?Â Thanks!
P.S.Â My son has been practicing all summer, and was really looking forward to biking to school this year.Â He nearly cried when I told him that he canâ€™t do it (just yetâ€¦Iâ€™m going to fight this battle!!!)
Lenore here: I would suggest you get in touch with Safe Routes to Schools, which advocates for kids walking and biking to school. And also, print out some articles on the health and educational benefits of exercise. Also the fact that the #1 way kids die is as passengers in cars, not as pedestrians or bike riders. Good luck and report back, please!Â