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September 26th, 2013, 06:20 AM
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We're moving across country in a month, so Parker will be going to a different school. His new school is just a few blocks from the house we're renting, and Parker really wants to ride his bike. My DH said, "Well, we'll see......I always rode my bike....." Ummm.......not sure I'm on board with that! First of all, we haven't actually BEEN in the neighborhood, to see how busy the roads are, what the speed limits are, how narrow the roads are, if there are sidewalks, etc. (how kid friendly they are, if that makes sense) My parents looked at the house and they were there, so we know it's a decent house, and my Dad said the street the house is on is super quiet and not busy. But I don't know the other streets, or how far it REALLY is, etc.

No matter what, I'm not sure I like the idea of a 3rd grader riding his bike to school by himself. Am I just being paranoid?? I DO think it's a decision to make once we get there and see, but most likely, it's not a good idea.


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September 26th, 2013, 10:56 AM
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I would check for those things that you mentioned in your post and if they all meet your standards, then I would let him ride to school. I bet there are other kids that walk or ride if you live that close to the school, so I would assume they would go in a group.

I feel that letting kids handle unsupervised responsibility in appropriate amounts based on their age sets them up for success in life. JMO
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September 26th, 2013, 11:23 AM
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At 8 I would be a little uncomfortable too. I agree that you need to get a feel for the area first.

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September 26th, 2013, 04:13 PM
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Well, I can scratch that idea. Turns out I looked up the wrong address. The school website is deceiving, and I actually saw the address of the school district main office, not the school. The school is pretty far away, at least for him to ride his bike. It's a mile and a half, but a lot of turns and few major streets. So, I guess it's a no go.........

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