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BIKE OR WALK TO SCHOOL SAFELY
If you’re new to active commuting, a little planning is key in making the experience more enjoyable. Start by teaching your kids street smarts then do a few practice runs with them to learn the route to school, locate hazards and safely cross streets. Now, before school starts, is the perfect time to plan and practise. Here are a few ways to approach biking or walking to school:
- Walking School Bus/Bicycle Train: A volunteer parent or older sibling leads children from their neighbourhood to school by walking or on bikes, stopping from house to house along the way like a bus. There can be a rotation of volounteers and pre-set times at which the bike bus arrives at the various houses. This can also be done by walking.
- Buddy-Up: Two kids from the same neighbourhood (could be bothers/sisters) bike, blade, board or walk to school together. I actually did something similar to this as a kid. I’d call up my buddy in the morning to say I’m leaving and we’d meet halfway to school and ride or walk the rest of the way together.
- Join them: Walk or bike partially or fully to school with your child. Then continue on to work, return home, or continue on for a workout since you’re already out.