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Laurel families gang up to bike to school

Jen Wolosin said she wanted to make sure her son had the chance to ride his bike to school at the Laurel School Lower Campus in Atherton at least once, so she asked other school parents if they'd join in on a ride on Friday, June 8.

It turned out, she said, to be a "huge success."

Wolosin, the founder and chair of Menlo Park-based Parents for Safe Routes, said 16 families rode their bikes to school, accompanied by Menlo Park police officers.

Wolosin said her advocacy for making safer ways for children to get to and from school without using cars "all began with a desire to get my own kids from my home in Vintage Oaks to Lower Laurel." She recently realized, she said, that her son was about to leave Laurel's lower campus as he enters third grade without ever having had a chance to bike there "because I don't think it's safe enough."

"I figured that if we got enough parents and kids out there, and got the support of the police, that we could make it 'safe enough' for a day," she said. She hoped her son and other kids, "could experience the joy of biking to school, something I believe that every child should get to do," she said in an email.

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Wolosin said one Menlo Park officer on a bike and another in a police car accompanied the group.

"While it's wonderful that the police (were) there to support us today, it's our greatest hope that we can create true Safe Routes that enable families to get out and bike daily without such fanfare," she wrote.

"What today did was show that there definitely is a demand for Safe Routes. The most common comment I heard this morning, from wistful kids and parents was, 'I wish we could bike to school every day!'" Wolosin said.

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Laurel families gang up to bike to school

Uploaded: Wed, Jun 20, 2018, 8:59 pm

Jen Wolosin said she wanted to make sure her son had the chance to ride his bike to school at the Laurel School Lower Campus in Atherton at least once, so she asked other school parents if they'd join in on a ride on Friday, June 8.

It turned out, she said, to be a "huge success."

Wolosin, the founder and chair of Menlo Park-based Parents for Safe Routes, said 16 families rode their bikes to school, accompanied by Menlo Park police officers.

Wolosin said her advocacy for making safer ways for children to get to and from school without using cars "all began with a desire to get my own kids from my home in Vintage Oaks to Lower Laurel." She recently realized, she said, that her son was about to leave Laurel's lower campus as he enters third grade without ever having had a chance to bike there "because I don't think it's safe enough."

"I figured that if we got enough parents and kids out there, and got the support of the police, that we could make it 'safe enough' for a day," she said. She hoped her son and other kids, "could experience the joy of biking to school, something I believe that every child should get to do," she said in an email.

Wolosin said one Menlo Park officer on a bike and another in a police car accompanied the group.

"While it's wonderful that the police (were) there to support us today, it's our greatest hope that we can create true Safe Routes that enable families to get out and bike daily without such fanfare," she wrote.

"What today did was show that there definitely is a demand for Safe Routes. The most common comment I heard this morning, from wistful kids and parents was, 'I wish we could bike to school every day!'" Wolosin said.

Comments

resident
Menlo Park: other
on Jun 20, 2018 at 11:22 pm
resident, Menlo Park: other
on Jun 20, 2018 at 11:22 pm

I hope that car drivers see these kids on the road often enough that they automatically put down their phones in these school zones and obey the 3-foot-passing law so that police escorts are no longer necessary.


Elizabeth
Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jun 21, 2018 at 12:25 pm
Elizabeth, Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jun 21, 2018 at 12:25 pm

My grandsons, and my daughter, and I have consistently ridden our bikes both to Lower and Upper Laurel for 5 years, and we all live to tell the story. No near misses, no accidents, no injuries. Feeling safe is a perception, and an understanding of how to be a careful cyclist.


Robert Cronin
Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jun 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm
Robert Cronin, Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jun 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm

I can't help thinking that if, every day, there were large numbers of kids riding their bikes to school, motorists would pay more attention and drive more carefully.


resident
Menlo Park: other
on Jun 21, 2018 at 4:02 pm
resident, Menlo Park: other
on Jun 21, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Palo Alto claims that 40% of their elementary school students walk or bike to school. Why are Menlo Park streets so dangerous that police escorts are necessary?


Not a helicopter parent
Las Lomitas School
on Jun 21, 2018 at 9:01 pm
Not a helicopter parent, Las Lomitas School
on Jun 21, 2018 at 9:01 pm

Just get your kids out there riding on their own and stop being a worry wart! Police and patent escorts?!? Never had that crap when I was a kid. That sends the wrong message and reinforces the backwards belief that biking is dangerous. It isn't. Biking is quite safe after a few simple kid road rules lessons.


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