This afternoon, Sept. 28 at 2:25 p.m., as the usual crowd of kids were pouring over the bridge, the heart stopping sound of a car hitting a bicycle turned all the heads in the same direction. Seventh-grader DJ Cody was pedaling next to the line of cars parked by the curb, and veered too far out into the street without looking. He was hit by a car, but quickly made it back to the curb, where he was surrounded by friends and concerned parents. Thanks to his helmet, his head had not hit the pavement, and damage to both the bike and the car seemed minor. Paramedics were called as well as police, and both were on the scene in less than three minutes.
Ok, friends, this another moment when I stand on my chair and start waving my arms around – Why do we need all these cars clogging up this space? Walking to school in Culver City should be as easy and as natural as running from third base to home plate. The idea that there are monsters lurking in the shrubbery is simply untrue. The idea that it’s too far is laughable; unless you live by Costco or La Cienega, walking to school is easy. Whatever idea there is in your mind that it’s not ok for your kids to walk to school, let it go. It is more than ok, it is ideal.
The more kids that walk, the safer it is. The more kids that ride bikes, the more popular it will be. With less cars and fewer (distracted) drivers we will have fewer accidents.
Walking to school might take a half an hour, but it’s time well spent. It’s also gasoline saved, calories burned and nature enjoyed. Just walk to school.
And remember to look both ways before you cross at the crosswalk.