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Minor post-Christmas rant...(15 posts)

Minor post-Christmas rant...Dave Hickey
Dec 26, 2003 8:29 AM
I rode my bike to my wife's grandmothers yesterday. As I was riding, I looked around to see kids out riding their Christmas gifts. I saw kids riding............

gas or electric scooters- 18
mini enduro motocycles- 4
inline skates- 4

and......

Bicycles-2

Is it any wonder why we have a childhood obesity problem in this country.........
Average daily bike count at the local school: 3Cory
Dec 26, 2003 8:41 AM
I live across the street from an elementary school in a rural area that's just turning suburban. Enrollment is about 300 kids. When I moved here in 1979, there were around 120 kids and the bike rack was usually close to full, 40-50 bikes. Today the SUVs start disgorging children at 8 a.m., and there are never more than four or five bikes in the rack.
As a side note, the school bus goes right past these people's houses and arrives mostly empty. I can sort of see not wanting to send your 7-year-old to walk half a mile when it's 20 degrees and windy, but why fire up the Yukon when the bus stops right out front?
I am one of those parents..cyclopathic
Dec 26, 2003 9:00 AM
sorry I don't trust my kids to ride to school or w/o adult supervision in geeneral; it is too dangerous. They do walk 1/2mi every morning and afternoon to school bus on low traffic street we live on, and at less then 10% bodyfat you can hardly call them obese

Problem is most communities are not designed for bicycles, and as a daily commuter I do not trust avg 'burban SUV driver, had too many close calls.
Me too, kind of.dzrider
Dec 26, 2003 9:29 AM
No SUV and few rides to school, but our boys take the bus. They're now, 14 and 15, and old enough to ride their bikes, but the school bus habit is too solidly in place.

The street we live on was once a farm road and is one of the streets in our suburban community that links the developments to the center of town and the highway. Thus it is very narrow for the volume of traffic it carries. I wait til the high school kids are done driving to school (another rant worth ranting) b4 starting my cyclomute. No way I would have let the boys ride bikes to school when they were younger.
yep nmJS Haiku Shop
Dec 26, 2003 8:44 AM
I saw the same thing yesterday in Keller and they evenchopper
Dec 26, 2003 8:48 AM
mentioned your comment about obesity on the local news here, and referenced the 'good ol' days' when a bicycle was the in thing to get you around.

On another note, do you recommend any good bike shops around Keller where I might find some good post-xmas sales? I'm in for the weekend from Seattle visiting famiy.
Only one in Keller is Bicycles IncDave Hickey
Dec 26, 2003 8:53 AM
It's at 1709 and Rufe Snow drive. Not a bad store, but they don't usually discount much. Rick is the manager and he's a real nice guy. They also own a larger store in Bedford that has a much better selection.

Did you bring your bike?
Only one in Keller is Bicycles Incchopper
Dec 26, 2003 8:59 AM
No, I didn't, the last time I brought it for the Ride for the Roses it cost $60 each way. I had to transfer this time in Vegas and didn't want to hassle with it.

Thanks for the info on the store, I did see that one, any other a bit further away? I do have access to a car.

I'll bring my Gitane single speed down one of these days and maybe we can go for a ride.
The best shop in town is Richardson Bike Mart's main storeDave Hickey
Dec 26, 2003 9:07 AM
It's about a 45 minute drive from Keller. The shop is located in Richardson, TX at the corner of Coit and Campbell Rd. It's the size of a grocery store and is Lance's first LBS. If the family whats to check out the Galleria or other North Dallas sites, it's not far.

From Keller, take 114 east to I-635 East, exit a Coit rd. Go north on Coit for about 5 miles.
We're in good shape here....PEDDLFOOT
Dec 26, 2003 9:06 AM
...or at least in my neighborhood.We have kids riding at all times of the year.I even get motivated by seeing some kids riding in rain or cold weather.I think if they can ride so can I.

I do agree though that around the country fewer and fewer kids get involved in physical activities like riding.As a group of adults that are physically active I think we should get involved in our area to help motivate kids and get them more involved in activities like cycling.
Maybe you need to move to West Virginia...gala7516
Dec 26, 2003 9:40 AM
...but they need to change "Walking" to "Biking"!
Were those inline skates gas or electric powered as well?Fez
Dec 26, 2003 10:37 AM
Just noticed you lumped those in with the powered scooters and motorcycles.

Actually, I didn't notice too many people riding at all on Christmas day. I almost had the entire road to myself, and no cars honked or cut me off yesterday.

Best riding day of the year!
Didn't mean to....Dave Hickey
Dec 26, 2003 10:46 AM
My point was I only saw 2 kids riding bikes.........

I saw about 5 or 6 roadies on the roads. I just wish I rode after dinner and not before. I worked up an appetite riding to grandmas and had way too much to eat..
My daughter got a fixed gear bike.TNSquared
Dec 26, 2003 12:39 PM
Of course, since she's not quite yet 4 years old, it has 16" wheels and Disney Princess decals all over it, but it also has a water bottle and seat pack loaded with fig newtons and raisins, 'cuz that's how daddy's bikes are. :)

And now that Xmas is past, daddy is shopping for his own fixie!
You might enjoy thisacousticmotorbike
Dec 26, 2003 5:51 PM
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/08/26/DD57007.DTL