Adira and Mikaela Wunderlich are among the thousands of B.C. kids headed back to school this week. (Kathryn Marlow/CBC) A new academic year means traffic will be building up around schools this week, with many families opting for alternative ways to get the kids to class to avoid the headaches of the school run.
But while there are benefits to leaving the car at home, some parents say infrastructure still has to be improved around schools for those who walk or bike to class — something local governments say they’re actively working on.
Rebecca Freedman said her daughters Adira and Mikaela Wunderlich have been using bikes for transportation since they started daycare, and they now bike to and from school and other activities in Victoria.
"It opens up so much freedom and opportunities," Freedman said. "The time-saving, not having to park. Schools are really congested in the morning with all sorts of vehicles. It really simplifies your life."
Freedman’s daughters are noticing the benefits, too.
"Biking clears my mind, kind of," 11-year-old Adira said. "I get really stressed a lot, so it’s a really good way to start the day and it’s a lot easier to get through the day when you have a clear mind at the start."
"It’s fun and quick and it’s better for the environment," nine-year-old Mikaela said.Freedman, who says teaching her kids road safety has been paramount, encourages other families to leave the car at home.In this ongoing series about the ways we get to school, we hear from a […]