Oregon Walk and Bike News

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!

Walk+Bike to School Day is coming!

Register your school today for International Walk+Bike to School Day, October 9th!

Top 5 reasons to sign up your kid's school to participate in Walk+Bike to School Day:

5) When I ask kids what they love about biking, they say "the wind." (kids are awesome)

4) Walking and biking is way more fun than prancercise (that depends on who you ask!)

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3) You get free goodies mailed to your school in a big goodie box including posters, stickers, shoelaces, flying disks, and a Nutcase Helmet. (yeehaw! Goodies for the first 250 schools!)

2) 60% of kids don't get any exercise outside of school. (What?!?!?)

1) More kids walking and biking means a better future for ALL of us.

Sign up today and walk and bike your way to elementary school glory!  Join the growing group of adults that respond to "Hey!  It's the Bike Lady (or Guy)!" Do it, and do it now.  You will never regret the time you spent encouraging kids to walk and bike, we promise.

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For extra credit, you can sign up for the Fire Up Your Feet month long challenge in October to encourage walking and biking all month long!