Viewpoint - September 29, 2010

Letter: Be careful: More kids are biking to school

Back to school means back to traffic as we see the ebbs and flows of our roadways become swollen and congested.

But, not so much this year. Many youngsters have talked their parents into bicycling to school and in doing so have set a precedent for healthier bodies and thinner traffic.

However, with construction at local public elementary schools nearly complete, this shift in transportation has meant new trials for school staff in figuring out what to do with all the bikes.

This is quite a lovely problem to have. As the town of Atherton prepares a new lighted intersection on Middlefield, cyclists will continue to shift around as will their designated parking locations.

As these traffic patterns change, keep your eyes open and remember to share the road with our youngest cyclists. And remember — keeping these kids on bikes translates to less vehicular traffic for you, too. Maybe you'd like to try cruising our city on your bike now that the roadways are less congested.

We would love to have more traffic in the bike lanes. Join us.

Michelle Daher, O'Connor Street, Menlo Park


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