April 30, 2010

Walk Your Bike to School Day

Walking my daughter to school this morning I noticed a lot of 4th year students walking their bikes to school.  Apparently there was a bicycle safety session for all 4th year students planned today which required students bring their bicycles yet they banned the students from riding to school!

Fourth year students are all around 10 years old.  In the evenings they're riding home alone from juku after dark.  On the weekends they're riding alone to soccer practice, to the park, to friends houses or the convenience store.  Yet today they were asked to bring their bicycles to school but told to walk them.

I'm not sure when riding to school was first banned at my daughters school.  The school has a huge bicycle parking area which must have been chock full of students bicycles in its heyday.  Now it sits empty except for a few teachers bicycles, hows that for a double standard.

Do you think kids in Japan should be allowed to ride to school?

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