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Laurel families team up with police to bike to school

by Barbara Wood

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.

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