I’m sorry, but the wrong-headedness of this is mind-boggling. From Streetsblog:
As schools across the country open their doors for another year, Robert Ping of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership says students are increasingly facing “bans” against walking and biking to campus.
Even though they have no jurisdiction over students prior to their arrival at school, an increasing number of school administrators are discouraging students from riding or walking to school, some going so far as to remove bicycle parking facilities. Reportedly the concern is liability, but this also appears to be yet another symptom of our tendency in America to over-protect our children, while actually causing harm in the process. I wonder if it dawned on any of these over-zealous administrators to look at the statistics? If they did, they would be encouraging biking and walking and discouraging parents from driving their children to school.