06 Sep '11, 6pm

Tennessee Mom has been threatened with arrest if she keeps letting her fifth grade daughter bike one mile to school:

There are a few factors that make it tricky for kids to bike or walk alone: Bad drivers who face insufficient consequences, lack of sidewalks and protected bike lanes, too few crosswalks. We COULD improve biking and walking infrastructure, and have cops actually crack down on illegal driving maneuvers. But that's hard! Instead, let's just arrest everybody who doesn't drive their kids to school. That appears to be the approach in Elizabethton, Tenn., where Teresa Tryon has been threatened with arrest if she keeps letting her daughter bike to school on her own. Tryon lives only a mile from her 5th-grader's school, but has been told it's illegal for her to allow the kid to ride there herself. A police offer said the kid has been doing some dangerous maneuvers, and claimed that she told him traffic made her "nervous" -- but she's taken a biking course, and frankly traffic make...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-09-06-mom-could-be-arreste...

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