Wiki Wednesday: Urban Bicycling With Children

8_13_08_wiki.jpgAlready a prolific contributor to the Streetsblog Flickr pool, BicyclesOnly has recently put together a StreetsWiki guide to "Urban Bicycling With Children." The entry kicks off with a look at some of the less obvious benefits to biking with kids:

Bicycling with children initiates so-called "virtuous cycles"
that further promote bicycling. Parents who bicycle with their
children may be encouraged to bicycle more often because of their
children’s enthusiasm for bicycling. Adults bicycling with children
tend to zealously guard their children’s safety, becoming potent
advocates on the road and with government for improving bicycling
safety. Motorists tend to drive less aggressively when they are aware
of children bicycling nearby. Children who bicycle regularly will be
more likely to bicycle as adults. In all of these ways, urban
bicycling with children promotes bicycling and bicycling safety
generally. 

As Enrique Penalosa has said, "The measure of a good city is one where a child on a tricycle or bicycle can safely go anywhere."  Parents can help realize this vision of a good city by bicycling with their children and making sure that they are safe.

After the multi-generational turnout for New York’s first Summer Streets Saturday, the audience for this type of information should be on the rise.

Which reminds me, there’s a new wiki entry on Summer Streets that’s just begging to be filled out. I’m sure there are plenty of Streetsbloggers out there who can chip in. All you need to contribute is a Livable Streets account.

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