For many adults today, bicycles gave us a sense of freedom and self-reliance that shaped who we are. They gave us the the ability to explore our surroundings in a way that still motivates many of us even now. Is our society shifting towards more protected and secure surroundings for our kids, and could that be denying them that feeling of adventure? Over the last 50 years, the percentage of kids even riding their bikes or walking to school has dropped from 50% to 15%, and that could be a worrisome trend.
This post from the John Adams Institute explores the idea of a “child-friendly city”, and the important of offering kids the ability to safely connect with their environment and independently explore the world around them.