We're now at #5 of Brent Toderian's Resolutions for the City and to be honest, I'm a bit hesitant to share this one. It's this: "Walk, bike, or use transit to take your kids to school, and teach them to do so on their own as soon as they’re able. It's safer, healthier, and developmentally better for them, and everyone else, than it is to drive them."
Though I fully agree with the statement, given that our region does not currently have a strong, built-up network for human-powered transportation, I'm cautious about this recommendation. Late last year, a friend posted to social media looking for suggestions on the best places to teach her young and enthusiastic child how to ride a bike. She wanted a place that would provide practical knowledge on cycling in the city but also needed space for this inexperienced rider to make mistakes. Unfortunately nothing came immediately to mind on where best to do this. In my mind, we should all be able to not only think of such spaces, but be able to access such spaces easily. I think we will get there and I am seeing improvements. As more of us consistently utilize these options, we will continue to see a more walkable and cyclable city develop.
An added note as well...I believe there are many reasons that we should all rely on active transportation options more often, but this Citylab article posited one of the more interesting ones. #365ofgoodWR