We are failing our kids in the way we get them to school

  1. If we transport our kids in ensconced air conditioned spaces, it numbs them to the outside world. Kids don’t get to have fresh air, get to notice a bird, or a mural, or a flower. By not “feeling” their community, they get disconnected from it and from nature.
  2. This system gives kids zero sense of freedom or independence. There are countries in the world where children as young as five years old bike themselves to school, because the society has made choices on infrastructure that keep children safe in bike lanes. And that gives children a tremendous sense of responsibility and freedom — and teaches them life skills.
  3. This system is inefficient! There is simply not enough road space to efficiently cater to all the SUVs picking up and dropping off children on a daily basis at our schools. I happen to live across the street from an elementary school, and from 8–830am, there is a steady chorus of car horns, people yelling, and general stress in the air as too many cars try to make their way into too little space to take children out of the ensconced child seat and get them to the school gate.
  4. The system places a huge burden on parents. While my children are still relatively young (oldest is 5), I know many parents that feel like chauffeurs — taking their kids to/from school, after school activities, play dates, and many more things. Not only does this not teach kids independence, it’s incredibly tiresome for parents.
  5. It’s not healthy for kids. The US has one of the worst rates of childhood obesity in the world. Being outside and moving their body is healthy, and instead of sitting in a car, kids biking to school could be part of their daily physical activity.

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Tali, Mika & Sofi’s dad, Katerina's husband, LA native. Founder, Service. Founder, Streets For All. Board Member, Mid City West Community Council.

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Tali, Mika & Sofi’s dad, Katerina's husband, LA native. Founder, Service. Founder, Streets For All. Board Member, Mid City West Community Council.

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