When was the last time you saw a Westport youngster walking or riding a bike to school?
There’s a reason the answer is “back in the Ford administration.” For reasons both societal (parents enjoy driving their kids) and calculated (the town has decided to not create bike lanes; not build or improve sidewalks, and not install bike racks), Westport’s roads and parking lots are clogged each school day with the vehicular version of atherosclerosis.
I won’t say the result is an epidemic of fat kids.
I’ll let Michelle Obama say it for me.
Yesterday the First Lady announced a sweeping initiative to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation. Part of the effort includes installing sidewalks in neighborhoods to encourage students to walk to school.
She said that a series of small changes — as simple as repainting crosswalks with reflective paint so more children could safely walk — slows the rate of childhood obesity.
A couple of years ago, Bedford’s security guard counted 300 parents dropping kids off — in a single day. That’s in addition to the many school buses that crawl through town — often moving slower than a child can walk or bike.
Let’s get off our butts on this one.
So our kids can get off their theirs.