Unfortunately, some people don't know it's safe. Yesterday, while biking her kids across town to karate class, my friend, Amanda, had an encounter with such a person. Mrs. Wrong* thought that Amanda was putting her three kids in danger by having them on her Edgerunner, a bicycle built for carrying kids and other cargo. She even called the police to let them know. I'm not sure what the cops told her, nor do I know what actions they will take to follow up. What I do know is that Amanda is a researched parent who has looked into cycling for transportation and recreation extensively. She has weighed her options and has chosen to bicycle whenever she wants to with her kids.
In support of this choice, I would like to invite you to come ride with us. It is clear to me that there aren't enough parents riding with children in Victoria for it to be considered normal. We need to show our neighbours and strangers that this is safe, normal and usually a lot of fun. On Thursday, February 5, 2015 we will ride with Amanda's kids to karate class. We will meet at Sir James Douglas Elementary School at 4:00 and leave at 4:15 to head over to James Bay Community School.
- On what's involved in a crash
- Road safety report for Vancouver Island. I like the blurb on the side of the page "... safer drivers and roads makes for fewer crashes, injuries and deaths." So let's contact our regional road safety coordinator to get safer roads for all users!
*Her name has been changed to protect her identity. But now we all know what car she drives...