RYE, N.Y. -- This week, Shaun Rodriguez decided to ride his bike to summer school at Rye Country Day, but that didn't stop his grandmother from waking up at 7:30 a.m. to follow him in her car.
"My parents were alright with it but my grandma was really worried," said Shaun, 11. "She didn't want anything to happen to me."
Shaun said he thought riding his bike would be easier for his parents and better for the environment if he rode the one mile from his house to school.
"This way they don't have to get up every morning to drive me and waste gas," said Shaun.
The precocious pre-teen still makes sure to wear a helmet and tries to avoid busy streets when riding.
Shaun is learning to be more independent and taking responsibility for his own safety, but his parents still have a couple rules for him.
Whenever Shaun wants to go swimming at the pool, he has to ask an adult to come and keep an eye on him. When playing at home, he can't leave the driveway, especially not to chase a runaway ball into the street -- he has to tell an adult first.
"My parents tell me, 'It's for your own life,'" he said.
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