Making Schools More Biking-Friendly: Recommended Reading

May 14, 2012, 4:21 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

Increasing the number of people who bike to work, school or even the grocery story has become a priority among many health experts, but just introducing people to the wheels and spokes isn’t always enough. A recent article in Bicycling told the story of a middle schooler who decided to bike to school, accompanied by his mom, during a local bike-to-work day only to find that the school, for safety concerns around school buses, prohibited riding bikes to school. Contrast that with this story in Atlantic Cities about children in the Netherlands who are expected to begin riding their bikes, safely, to school, by age 12.

But change is happening. Last week National Center for Safe Routes to School sponsored National Bike to School Day, which boasted 700 events in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

>>Related: Read a Q&A with Deb Hubsmith, founder and director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

>>Weigh In: Has your community developed safety rules to help encourage biking to school?

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.