Best Practices for Biking to School with 9-year-old?
In the fall, after a move and a switch to a new school, I'd like to start biking to school with my 9-year-old. The trip is about 2.5 miles on flat bicycle boulevards in Berkeley, and we need to be at school at 8am. We're in decent shape and can ride our bikes fine on the bike path, but my child has very little experience biking on roads (and my experience isn't enormous, and is mostly pre-child).
What should we do to prepare, learn safety measures, and make sure we stay as safe as possible? I've signed us up for a family cycling workshop with Bike East Bay, but would happily take other classes if they were available. Should I use the pool noodle trick to ensure cars stay 3 feet away? Presumably we should plan on reflective vests and front and rear lights -- anything else? Wheel lights? Horns vs bells? What else?