Oregon Walk and Bike News

Physical Activity: The Key to Less Stress in Kids?

Need another reason to register your school for Walk + Bike Day? Here's one: walking and biking is good for the health and well-being of our kids. Read about the results of a recent study demonstrating that physical activity reduces stress levels amongst school children.

Ready to Roll!

In a study conducted in a behavioral research facility by the University of Buffalo, 20 children took a virtual automobile ride to school which included sitting in comfortable seating and watching a simulated suburban neighborhood pass by.  The other 20 children participated in a one-mile treadmill walk while similar depictions of a suburban neighborhood were presented.

After resting, children who rode to school had an increase of 11 heartbeats per minute when asked to complete a basic cognitive test, while children who walked to school only had an increase of 3 heartbeats per minute during that same test.  "Walkers" also had a systolic blood pressure three times lower than that of their "rider" counterparts. Children who "walked" to school also had significantly lower perceived levels of stress during the test than those children who "rode" to school.

Walk + Bike Day provides a great opportunity to show children how fun (and easy!) it can be to practice good habits that are healthy for both themselves and the environment.  Signs of cardiovascular disease are seen in children at a young age, so it's never too early to teach children the many benefits of physical activity. Both children and communities will be safer with decreased automobile traffic near schools and increased opportunities for kids to engage with one another and their neighborhood. Together we can show kids that physical activity is a fun, rewarding experience that comes with countless benefits!

Check out the full article about the University of Buffalo study here. If your school is ready to take the first steps toward healthier children and communities, sign up for Walk + Bike Day!

Register Soon to Receive Walk + Bike Incentive Goodies!

With over 70 Oregon schools already signed up for Walk + Bike Day, incentive packages are going fast! Be among the first 200 schools to register by Thursday, September 9th to receive fun goodies like shoelaces, Walk + Bike stickers and even a cool Nutcase helmet! Check out the brand new 2010 Walk + Bike Day poster featuring last year's Poster Contest Winner!

Registration is open for Walk + Bike to School Day on October 6

Oregon Walk + Bike Newsletter
August 2010

In This Issue:
Register for Walk + Bike to School Day
Walk + Bike Coordinator Workshops
Take the Bike Commute Challenge
Bike Safety Instructor Training in Eugene
Is NOT Biking Worth the Risk?

International Walk + Bike to School Day is October 6

Join kids and families around the globe and walk + bike to school on Wednesday, October 6. Register your Oregon school today!

Why register now? Your school will be counted among the millions worldwide participating in Walk + Bike to School Day. Plus, the first two hundred schools to register in Oregon receive FREE incentives to give away at the event, including Walk + Bike stickers, shoelaces, and a Nutcase helmet. Click here to register online.

Walk + Bike Coordinator Organizing Workshops

Attend a free workshop hosted by City of Portland SRTS staff. Workshops offer organizing tips, networking opportunities and swag to give out at your event.  Snacks provided at each workshop. Childcare and translation services provided upon request.

Tuesday, August 24, 12:30-1:30 pm at the Belmont Library branch
Thursday, September 9, 12:00-1:00pm at North Portland Library branch
Wednesday, September 22, 4:00-5:00pm at Woodstock Library branch

Please RSVP. Email Clay Veka or call 503-823-4998.

Parents and Teachers: Take the Bike Commute Challenge this September

The adult version of the Walk + Bike Challenge is the BTA's Bike Commute Challenge, a friendly competition to see who can bike to work more during the month of September. Learn more and register online at www.bikecommutechallenge.com.

Build excitement about bike commuting at your workplace and answer coworkers' questions and concerns by hosting a BTA Bike Commute Workshop.

Our one-hour workshop covers laws, skills, basic gear, and basic maintenance for riding safely and comfortably to work. We most often present during lunch hour "brown bags," but are happy to come at whatever time works well for your workplace or community group.

We're scheduling workshops for August and September. Email Stephanie Noll - stephanie@bta4bikes.org  or call 503-226-0676 x23.

August 27 & 28 - Bike Safety Education Instructor training in Eugene

Learn how to teach core bike safety and key riding skills to 4th - 7th grade students. Register online!

Is NOT Biking Worth the Health Risk?
A new study concludes that the health benefits of bicycling are nine times greater than the risks associated with driving a car.

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) creates healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safe, convenient, and accessible. Join Us!