10 Reasons to Let Your Child Ride Her Bike to School

Years ago, a child riding her bicycle to school was commonplace; however the same can’t be said these days. While there are pros and cons to allowing your child to ride her bike to school, once she reaches the maturity level needed to do so, there are some reasons it may be a good idea.

  1. It is good exercise:  Kids spend hours watching TV and playing video games, and it’s nice to have a consistent reason for them to get exercise at least five days a week.  Depending on how far away from the school you live, they could be getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day.
  2. It can save you time: When your child can ride his own bike to school instead of needing you to drive him, it not only benefits him, it can also end up saving you a ton of time.  There will be no more waiting at the bus stop or waiting in the drop off line at school. While you’ll need to use alternate transportation in bad or cold weather, during the milder months you could save a few hours of transportation time each week.
  3. It can save you gas: Think of the savings you’ll have when you have to fill up less often at the pump.  Remember that it’s not just the distance to the school that takes gas; it’s the time spent sitting in line and waiting for the crossing guard too.
  4. It can eliminate the need for special arrangements: If your child has to stay late for choir rehearsal or a Girl Scouts meeting, they can ride home whenever they are finished. 
  5. It can foster a sense of independence: Riding her bike to school can give your child a sense of independence.  When a child isn’t relying on Mom to take her to school and pick her up, she’s forced to be responsible for getting where she needs to go on time
  6. It can increase responsibility: Who doesn’t want their child to be more responsible?  Every parent wants their child to learn responsibility, and riding a bike to school is one big step towards teaching that.
  7. It can make school fun: Most kids love to ride their bikes, so they’ll likely enjoy being able to ride their bike to and from school every day.  If you live close to the school, chances are your child will probably be riding to school with a bunch of friends, which is always fun too.
  8. It gives additional freedom: As your child gets older, you can give her more freedom. If you approve, your child can stop by the library after school and check out a DVD or stop and have an after school snack.  Giving your child little freedoms will make her better able to handle the bigger ones when she gets older.
  9. It provides opportunities for problem solving: When riding to school on a bike, life can get in the way.  Maybe her bike chain comes off, or maybe she witnesses another child being bullied.  It’s a good thing to let children have these experiences because they get a chance to solve their own problems instead of relying only on Mom or Dad. 
  10. It helps save the environment: It is becoming more and more important to kids to be able to do something to help save the planet.  When kids are small they often don’t think they can do much to contribute, but riding their bike to school is one big way that they can go green.
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