“People stopped biking,” Ross Hirsch said. “They thought it was too dangerous so they haven’t gotten their kids into it. The kids, when they grow up, are like, ‘What are bikes?’ What I am trying to do with my kids is instill in them from an early age that biking is fun, it is cool, it is a great way to get around and you can do it safely.”
Bike to School was one of several cycling events taking place in Glendale in May, celebrated by enthusiasts as Bike Month. On Saturday, Walk Bike Glendale and the Glendale PTA Council will host a second round of bicycle skills classes for school-aged children at R.D. White.
In March, Glendale City Council members approved a new draft Bicycle Transportation Plan that includes new bike lanes and routes.
“We have an obesity epidemic in this country, particularly among kids,” said Colin Bogart, a staff member with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition who participated in Wednesday’s school ride. “If you encourage active transportation — walking and biking — that is going to help resolve that.”