View Poll Results: Should school children be allowed to bike to school?

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  • Absolutely not! It's too unsafe! Schools have a right to forbid it.

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  • It depends on the situation

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  • I'm not sure...

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  • Only if accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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  • It's up to the parent or guardian to decide.

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  • Seriously? This whole society is turning our kids into fat weinies with all this paranoia!

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    Re: Should school children be allowed to bike to school?

    That should depend on:

    • the child him/herself - if she's partially or fully emancipated


    • the parents / legal guardians of the child (if any, as per above)


    • all owners of all properties located along the route that child would take


    • the school's policy


    • any contractual obligations any of the above may be subject to



    This would naturally create a network of contractual obligations that would both be more flexible and more effective than the current legal system. For example, their neighborhood association may have rules against kids riding bikes, schools may require that all their kids have health insurance, a health insurance contract may require helmets and knee pads when riding a bike, and so on.
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    Re: Should school children be allowed to bike to school?

    I walk to and from school along a road with poor visibility and no sidewalks all of the time. As long as one does what you're supposed to with bike or pedestrian safety, you'll be fine. schools should teach kids about bike safety instead of this ridiculous crap.

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    Re: Should school children be allowed to bike to school?

    I'd be sitting here saying the same thing... that this is bull****.


    But.. there have been so many frivilous lawsuits by parents for the stupidest **** ever.
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    Re: Should school children be allowed to bike to school?

    Unbelievable. Of course children should be allowed to bike to school!
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    Re: Should school children be allowed to bike to school?

    If the bike path to a school takes you over a dangerous path, then no, but other then that, I see no problem in biking to school.

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    Re: Should school children be allowed to bike to school?

    Either this is a typical example of teachers and parents being paranoid about letting children do something unobserved if only for a little time, or it could be just another example of really, really, really bad city planning that has been more concerned about making cars happy than about something as basic as making sure there are adequate biking lanes near schools.
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    Re: Should school children be allowed to bike to school?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    The simple fact that they do have to worry about liability is a problem in itself. The schools shouldn't have to worry that if a child happens to get hurt or killed coming to/going from school that they will be held responsible no matter what the situation is. Our justice system needs an overhaul to stop frivolous lawsuits against people/institutions that can only be remotely linked to an accident that has happened. Then we would have less people worried about being blamed for things that weren't really their fault.

    I know that I lived right down the road from my elementary school. If not for the small patch of woods, I could have seen it from where I lived. My brother, cousin, and I would walk there if we missed the bus, it only took about ten minutes. The school had no problem with it. (Although, they didn't really care for it the morning we did it in the rain.) It would probably be better for kids' health if schools didn't even offer bus service for children that lived within viewing distance of the school (except for special circumstances of disabled children).
    I agree with most of this. Schools have far too much liability for things that aren't really their fault. Of course, if the kid disappears on his walk home from school, the school may not be able to prove that he ever left school in the first place. Or at the very least, they won't know immediately, and so they won't be able to help the police/parents much. I think that just being able to keep track of the kids is as big of a factor as the actual legal liability.

    But obviously common sense needs to come into play here. If the parent is biking with the kid every day, then the school policy is ridiculous for not allowing that.
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    Re: Should school children be allowed to bike to school?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    I walk to and from school along a road with poor visibility and no sidewalks all of the time. As long as one does what you're supposed to with bike or pedestrian safety, you'll be fine. schools should teach kids about bike safety instead of this ridiculous crap.
    Or as long as some pedophile is not stalking out school kids and decides to grab ya? Sure you will be fine.
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    Re: Should school children be allowed to bike to school?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    I get the sneaking suspicion that back in the day some gold digger sued the school district over something lame and they made this law to protect the school from future incidents.

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    Re: Should school children be allowed to bike to school?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    I get the sneaking suspicion that back in the day some gold digger sued the school district over something lame and they made this law to protect the school from future incidents.

    Run-on sentences FTW
    I didn't write the link sentence, that was the one that automatically pops up when one pastes the url.

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