As the weeks roll by and I’ve let go of some of the lead responsibility to other parents, I’ve been able to ride in various positions in the group. I can observe traffic behavior, the kids’ alertness, notice the lead’s style of riding, etc. It’s important for the riding adults to start a dialogue that helps keep us alert to our group safety needs. (Riding parents, please follow link to comments. What we learn from each other, others can use.)
My focus as the coordinator has been to make sure the kids are able to ride safely together, in traffic, no matter with or without adult presence. Our particular route and it’s environment presents very specific challenges. It is very important that we stay focused, alert and verbal. As children and as adults riding together we need to be reminded of this, ongoing.
As adults we know the importance of not getting behind the wheel of a car, or straddle a motorcycle if we are not ready to drive or ride defensively. We need to remember that when the helmet goes on and our kids start moving with the flow of traffic, they too, especially need to not be in a hurry, focused on the morning’s fight with a parent or sibling, or otherwise mentally engaged.
The lead’s question, “Are you ready to ride?,” is an opportunity for everyone to snap to…and be ready to ride.
This week’s lead schedule as follows:
- Mon- A.M. John, P.M. Lisa
- Tues – A.M. Scott, P.M. Tracy (3:15), P.M. Angela (4:15)
- Wed – A.M. Scott, P.M. Angela
- Thurs – A.M. Tracy, P.M. Tracy
- Fri – (7:30@Flint&Tillamook for Breakfast on the Bridges!)Scott, P.M. Angela
See you on the bus!