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A New Morning Routine: Walk+Bike to School

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Looking for a free way to get your kids moving in the morning?

Close your eyes and imagine that it is October 9th, International Walk+Bike to School Day. Unlike other mornings when vehicle traffic is heavy, the quiet around the school in your neighborhood is broken by students' laughter and chatting as they walk and bike onto school grounds. You hear the sounds of a healthy school community forming, and you want to make sure that it happens every day. How do you want to celebrate?

That is what organizing Walk+Bike to School Day is all about.

  • It is turning the morning commute to school into a community building, healthy and reinvigorating, mind clearing activity that serves kids, parents, and teachers.
  • It is celebrating what makes us happy and healthy and encouraging others to join in.
  • It is a way for individuals to solve some of the larger problems facing our country by walking and biking to decrease obesity and chronic diseases, decrease green house gases, and increase students' ability to concentrate in school.

 

Amazing folks all over the state have already registered 196 schools for this event. We have boxes of incentives for the next 54 that sign up. Claim one of these 54 spots by signing your school up for Walk+Bike to School Day or asking a friend who is involved in a school community to do it (tell them you'll volunteer to help!).

 

How will you celebrate?

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The "Easy Button" is here - it's called Walk+Bike Day

Take care of all the details you can, then for the rest… just wing it!” – me

 

August has been crazy, September is lookin’ busier, and I’m guessing you are in the same boat.

 

So here’s what I propose: Take the easy way to get back to school and sign up for International Walk+Bike to School Day!

You can choose your own adventure - will you be an Inspirational Spark, a Super Star, or the Incredible Hulk?

Adventure #1: Make Walk+Bike to School Day super simple! You are an Inspirational Spark.

Step 1: Sign up your school for International Walk+Bike to School Day.

Step 2: Receive your incentives mailed to your school.

Step 3: Put a couple flyers up in the halls and in the office at school (included in the incentives box)

Step 4: Get to school a bit early on October 9th and pass out the incentives to kids you see walking and biking (included in the incentives box).

Step 5: Take yourself out to happy hour the next chance you get! You deserve it.

Want to take it to the next level? Great! You are a Super Star.

Step 1: Sign up your school for International Walk+Bike to School Day.

Step 2-3: See above

Step 4: Go to a staff meeting and PTA meeting to recruit adults to help lead walking school buses and pick a couple meeting spots a within a quarter mile or so from the school.

Step 5: Promote the meeting places to families, let them know that they can park near one of the meeting places and walk with their kids into school.

Step 6: Set up a table out on front of the School on October 9th, get some coffee donated for tired parents, and pass out incentives (included in the incentives box) to the kids that walk and bike!

Step 7: Treat yourself to a massage! You deserve it.

Ready for the pinnacle? You are the Incredible Hulk of walking and bicycling.

Step 1: Sign up your school for International Walk+Bike to School Day or the Fire Up Your Feet October Challenge.

Step 2-5: See above

Step 7: Contact the school board and local officials. Invite them to your event.

Step 8: Send out a press release!

Step 9: Talk to the PTA about creating a “sustainability” chair person that will work year-round to promote a active, healthy, and sustainable school culture.

Step 10: Contact Lynne Mutrie about taking the next steps towards a Safe Routes to School Action Plan.

Step 11: Implement your amazing October 9th event!

Step 12: Call LeeAnne Fergason (503-226-0676 x26). I’d love give you a huge hug (I’m a hugger).

A Tuesday has never been so great!

Tuesday = A Win-Win

Come to the Volunteer Orientation and Social on September 3rd!

Where: at the BTA Office (618 NW Glisan, suite 401)

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Make sure more kids look like this!

When: Tuesday, September 3rd. Drop in anytime from 4:30pm-6pm and chat with BTA staffers (like LeeAnne and Nicole) and other volunteers about the great opportunities we have for you to invest in the community and the next generation of bikers!

  • Sign up to ride with awesome kids. (Win!)
  • Set aside time to wrench on bikes for kids. (Win!)
  • Learn about more opportunities to make our community awesome. (Win!)
  • Eat Pizza. (Double Win!)

Please RSVP so we know how much pizza to order.

 

Read more about Riding with Kids or watch this video about one of the great shifts you can sign up for at the Volunteer Orientation and Social.

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Save these (stock photo) kids! Teach them to ride!