Ban on Biking and Walking to School May Be Lifted

A 15-year-old ban on biking and walking to school in Saratoga Springs, New York may be lifted, after one bike-friendly parent challenged the policy.

"While the school district does not allow elementary school or Maple Avenue students to ride bikes to school, that could change in the coming weeks, Superintendent Janice White said. The Board of Education could vote to amend the policy on Oct. 13, when it is scheduled to discuss a recommendation from a district-formed committee.

'Supervised, parent/guardian bike riding may be permitted at specific sites in the future,' White said in an interview Friday. The school has no legal responsibility over what occurs on Route 9, she added.

The biking debate started last spring, when school district officials told Kaddo Marino that Adam was violating school rules by biking to class. Walking to the school also is not permitted."

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Does the school really have this authority?

Does the school really have the authority to make such a rule in the first place? I'm not a legal expert, but it seems to me that the school should only have authority over what students do on school grounds.

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