Biking to school illegal?

children

File this one under 'only in America, but could happen here'. So after riding with my two kids (age six and nine) to school this morning I had a quick check of Twitter and found this article on bicycling.com. A women lets her ten-year-old child ride to school only to have her arrive home in a cop car, with the police about to arrest the mother for, wait for it, "child neglect".

What, are you serious?! Funny thing is though when my kids started riding their bikes to school two years ago there was no bike rack at the school (I had to make one). When I quizzed the school as to why, it turns out that New Zealand police and the government got together and encouraged primary schools to destroy or sell their bike racks in a move to discourage kids from riding bikes. Awesome eh? Cause we need more cars on the road.

Anyway you can read the full story on the arrest story here.