Children, says David Sucher, are like the canaries in the coal mine: an indicator species of urban health.
Yes, they are small, vulnerable and need to be protected. But they also need to get out a lot more!
These wonderful bikes are available in Renton. There is something about plaid fenders that makes you want to immediately hop on and go for a ride, even in 33F temperatures!
The reality, however, is that most parking lots are uncomfortable with the idea of human activity. And this is such a missed opportunity. Fortunately, many of the neighborhood businesses in Newport Hills recognize that children are at the heart of our community--here we have a thriving dance studio and karate school as well as the batting practice facility across the street. And, of course, the Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club. There is, however an unfriendly attitude toward children and teens who are not engaged in one of these prescribed activities.
Lesson #4: Provide opportunities for children to bump into one another.
David Sucher, by the way, was (is?) a Seattle developer who wrote a wonderful book in 1995 called City Comforts. I owe a huge debt to his insights and examples.