Ever wonder what it would be like if modern schools worked to instill an appreciation of biking, rather than simply diving and/or sitting in desks? That'd be great, right? Maybe we'd even have less of an issue with youth obesity?
Perhaps a thought exercise imagining exactly what such a "bike friendly" school would be like would be interesting? With that idea in mind (and in honor of the recent "Bike to School day") the folks over at People for Bikes recently wrote up an interesting piece based on just such an exercise. Here are some excerpts:
Like most American kids, we walk out the door and wait for the school bus. Instead of the deep roar of a diesel engine, we hear clicking chains and laughing friends. On the 'bike bus,' parents take turns leading groups of kids to school by bike. This morning the pack sings an embarrassingly loud rendition of “The Wheels on the Bike” while parents lead and sweep the ride.
The teacher begins the day with a morning math problem that we finish quickly, unaware that riding to school boosts concentration and puzzle solving ability for up to four hours and has a greater impact on academic performance than breakfast.
School sports send us to the local trails with our school’s mountain bike team where practice means weaving through tall trees enveloped in the smell of pine and dirt and air untainted by exhaust. When a teammate stops abruptly, our eyes follow her pointed finger until we spot the bald eagle perched above and collectively take in the awesomeness of nature. Eventually, the crunch of tires on newly fallen leaves resumes, this time joined by chatter of how much larger eagles are in real life than they seem on TV.
While those are just the sections that I thought were the most interesting, the whole piece is fairly interesting (found here), and worth a read if you're interested into the subject.
Images by Zachary Shahan (CC BY-SA 4.0)