But an old nagging problem has quickly emerged as a major barrier, a ban on students bicycling to school. Yep, schools districts can dictate what modes of travel are permitted to and from school and in New Jersey bike bans have thwarted SRTS efforts in several communities. Streetsblog's Lily Bernheimer recently headlined Collingswood's challenge on the Streetsblog Network.
Collingswood Streets activists held a preliminary meeting earlier this week to put together a campaign to overturn the ban. It turns out that the ban was put in place because a child was injured in a bicycle crash on their way to school. Attendees also talked about changing demographics in the community and how that affects attitudes towards bicycling. Several good ideas emerged from the first meeting and the seeds of a campaign have been planted.
Collingswood Streets is on the front lines of the livable streets movement in the suburbs. A successful campaign could prove to be a template toward chipping away at the bikes are dangerous and therefore should be abolished mindset.