Hint: the writer (Naomi Buck) is as perplexed, outraged and disgusted as I am.
School is back and with it, the angry snarl of cars that surround our schools every morning at drop-off. Double- and triple-parked, riding up on curbs and private driveways, three-point-turning with abandon, drop-off at Canadian schools serves as Exhibit A in the case against both transportation planning and responsible parenting.
So it seems particularly perverse that a Vancouver father who has spent two years training his children to take the city bus to school on their own has been ordered by British Columbia’s Ministry of Children and Family Development to discontinue the practice. . .
Adrian Crook, the father, has taken exception to this ruling and so he should. Parents such as him are not the problem – they are the solution. Mr. Crook is a sustainability advocate and car-less by choice. He doesn’t want to belong to the throngs of Canadian families who drive their children three blocks to school in SUVs in the name of safety. He sees the wrongheadedness of protecting his own children, while making the streets less safe for others’; the inanity of contributing to debilitating congestion when the city provides a safe and viable alternative.
It seems to me that Mr. Crook’s sin is obvious. He’s not driving his kids to school in a car. (Thanks, Adanac, for the insight).
The decision’s operative background narrative certainly seems to be something like this: “The only safe places are your home, your car, and the mall. Oh yeah, and perhaps Mar-a-Lago. The rest of the world is full of murders and rapists. I know this because my TV told me. And oh please, don’t quote any fake safety and crime stats from those silly police chiefs and such. What do they know? “