The Star-Ledger has an article here about some students from the environmental club at Bridgewater-Raritan High School who raised $2,000 over 4 years and offered it to high school for a bike rack. That is totally awesome!
Unfortunately, the school turned them down, saying:
“In as much as the district provides courtesy busing to students who live within walking distance of the high school, because of the danger on Garretson Road, it does (not) make sense, in my opinion, to promote the riding of bicycles to school”.
Here’s another couple choice paragraphs:
For students who insist on riding to school, Riccobono suggested chaining their bikes to the fence around the retention pond in the back of the school grounds, according to the letter. Students scoffed at the term “retention pond,” however, instead referring to the area as “the swamp.”
Environmental club member Alec Story noted the school spent a great deal of money to expand the senior parking lot to allow for spots for every senior. With the rising cost of fuel, to discourage students from a health-conscious, cost-free form of transport seems counterintuitive, Story said.
Anyhow, 50 kids rode their bikes to the school, and at least one said it was so much fun, that they are going to do it again.
Here’s some email addresses if you have some sort of opinion. OK, This part is edited! To email these people the domain name is brrsd.k12.nj.us. so email them @brrsd.k12.nj.us. Dave points out that I was being rude by putting their email up here. Anyhow, you still have it just name @brrsd.k12.nj.us . Ok!
James Riccobono, Principal: jriccobono
Superintendent Michael Schilder: mschilder
I hear this kind of argument around here, and I guess I don’t get it. It seems way more dangerous to drive to school than ride your bike, but the school provides parking. Plus if at least one kid is going to ride their bike, why not just have a rack? What if a teacher wanted to ride? it drives me crazy!
thanks for the link, dean!
Added May 6: BR Student Cyclists page