With the warm weather come more children playing outside and riding bikes in the street. I live off of a road that is not only busy but also narrow, windy and steep. While some drivers take care to drive slowly, there are many who tear down the road with no regard for other vehicles, much less children on bikes.
Lately there has been a group of elementary-age kids outside riding bikes, scooters and skateboards down the street. Don’t get me wrong—as someone who works with children, I am all for kids playing outside; and as an avid bicyclist, I am all for the concept of sharing the road. But these children are outside unsupervised, riding erratically, and there is not a helmet in sight. Every time I drive by, I imagine the worst: What if one of these kids got hit? What if one of them was killed? And what kind of media frenzy would be sure to follow?
So what I have to say to the parents is this: Teach your kids how to share the road; get them to wear a helmet; get outside and help be an extra set of eyes for your kids; and best of all, walk the five minutes up the road with your child to the softball-field parking lot, where there is no traffic and plenty of room to ride.
And to people driving any residential road: Slow down!
— Aileen Sutton