In a perfect world for most outdoor families our kids walk or bike (or ski) to school each day. We don’t want to strap them into cars for the short journey to school, or we want to bike commute ourselves. This is great when the weather is perfect and the sun is out, but then there’s the rest of the year. And many of us (ourselves included) are part of a two working parent family, so the kids are in after school programs or all-day daycare/preschool and have to be picked up when it's dark out.
What are the best ways to get the kids to school and home as safely as possible, while minimizing whining?
Make it a habit:
Make it fun:
Keep them visible:
Set up an organization system for the gear:
Here are some tips on gear to use:
Other references for good tips on bicycle commuting in the winter:
Two Silicon Valley engineers who have had a love of the outdoors since childhood. Parents of two small kids, spending our free time exploring the outdoors with them.