Bicyclists know that the road, and the ride, can be full of obstacles.
Recently, Cynthia Tryon encountered a different kind of obstacle on her commute to school--the police.
The 10-year-old, from Elizabethton, Tenn., bicycles daily one mile each way to Harold MCormick School. Her mother, Teresa Tryon, said she both walked and rode the bike route with her daughter and decided that Cynthia was prepared to ride the route alone.
Now, Tryon is at odds with the Elizabethton Police Department, who thought otherwise and involved Child Protective Services in the matter...
http://www2.richmond.com/lifestyles/201 ... r-1282182/
I haven't really thought about what age I'd let Thing1. We have a few hairy crossings. She knows where to cross and how. And I trust her. I'm just not sure at what age I'd actually depend upon that trust. She also, invariably, gets the do-gooder driver motioning her across other intersections. Which gets REALLY ANNOYING as that may not count for the car coming the other way, as well as road rules etc etc.
To compound it, her sister is 3 yrs younger, so by the time Thing1 is old enough, we'd have to be taking Thing2 anyway...
Riding home from school. (She rides to/from every Thu, and a few other days randomly here and there, dep upon what's convenient).