Shannon Pennington of Waterloo has the right idea. It's a nice day, we've got errands to run, let's take the bikes.
So yesterday, she went on a ride down to Kitchener via the Iron Horse Trail to pick up some Wonderland tickets with her daughter Abigale Struyk, 7, and son Jonah Struyk, 4.
Pennington has been riding for more than 30 years (she started as a tot!) and is passing on her cycling genes to the kids.
She's riding a venerable Raleigh Sentinel. Abigale is on a fully suspended used Raleigh Firestorm that was a recent gift from a neighbour. The bike has already had two bike-loving teen owners who kept it in great shape. Jonah is riding behind Mom on an Adams Trail-a-Bike, but Abigale reports that "he has four or five bicycles," including a pedal-free walking bike from Germany.