“Childhood obesity rates are soaring, youth participation in sports and other active pursuits is plummeting, and a generation is coming of age with little understanding of the joy and freedom of unsupervised play. There’s a simple solution—but all across the nation our schools earn a failing grade when it comes to letting kids ride their bikes.” – David Darlington, Bicycle Magazine
There is a major need in many New York communities to provide the proper facilities and opportunities for children to both bike and walk to school. Lack of safe bicycle routes, coupled with inadequate provision by school districts to provide bicycle racks and education to students to ride to school contributes to the ongoing health complications of America’s youth. Take a look at David’s article on Adam Marino of Saratoga Springs and how his desire to simply bike to school raised national attention.