|school bus bicycle dream. cocoloco 2011|
how do we help kids get in shape?
how do we increase the productivity of safe routes to schools?
let’s provide a school bus yellow bicycle for every child. imagine armies of children alighting on their yellow bicycles every day en masse. a sea of yellow bicycles and bobbing backpacks in the morning sun… a flock of yellow bicycles propelling children through their communities together with heart rates increasing, disease desisting, and smiles laughing… a pack of yellow bicycles teaching kids how to be lean, green, and energy clean! it really does bring a wee tear to my eye.
but who is going to pay for all those bicycles, coco?
the folks who paid for bussing can pay for cycles. or maybe the folks who will be paying for obesity related health care expenses in the future will make a small investment in bicycles today. a lap top for every student--a goal many districts have been pursuing-- is a good goal, but bikes are a good goal too...and this is a pretty workable solution to a couple of big button issues in california, given that we have a super bike-friendly climate....if davis can be a something of a bike capitol, then why not apply this concept in sacramento to address school transit costs and the inherent costs of having too many chunky kids?
bikes now, or more health care later; which option do you think is more cost effective?
by the way, may is national bike month, so get on yer bike.