Oregon Walk and Bike News

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!

Thoughts from 2013 Walk + Bike Organizers

Burt Tate from Roseburg, Oregon

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My favorite memory of the Walk+Bike Challenge was hearing from teachers that kids were excited to be competing in the Challenge and seeing participation triple.

I recommend the Challenge to all schools because kids are sorely lacking in physical activity, and this makes it more fun while raising awareness about walking and biking safety needs.

 

Christine Beirman from Gresham, Oregon

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What I like best about coordinating the Challenge is acknowledging each student for what they do almost every day: walking, biking, or riding their scooter or skateboard to school. That might sound obvious, but truthfully, many of these students seldom get recognized for anything positive.

The biggest barrier to walking to school could be Oregon's notorious wet weather. For cyclists: the cost of a bike, helmet, lock, and secure storage.

When I grew up, kids only had to run or bike faster than the hungry T-Rex. Seriously, it was a different, more innocent America when even little first graders could walk home to eat lunch with Mom. There were no questions if we would be safe. No one would harm a kid.

The thing that caught my attention the first year I started the activity was the unexpectedly high numbers of students who do walk, bike, or ride to school. Now that we have an uninterrupted sidewalk in front of our school, I feel a sense of security for these students.

 

Amy Higgs from Portland, Oregon

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I wanted to share with you Emerson's Walk and Bike Challenge display I made this year. I asked kids what they liked most about walking and biking to school then added their quotes on a poster. Since then, families have crowded around to read it, and I've been adding more kids every week. I just love their reasons — very sweet.

 

Kirsten Kauffman from Portland, Oregon

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Llewellyn has bike trains and prizes for walkers and bikers every Friday in May. This year, we also created a "Park and Walk" lot to reduce auto traffic around the school.

Thank You Walk+Bike Challenge Organizers!

"THANK YOOOUUUU!"

We at the BTA would like to publicly recognize our great team of Walk+Bike Challenge Organizers. We are shouting it from the mountaintops: Thank you!

This group of parents, teachers, and community leaders from across Oregon worked so hard to encourage kids and families to walk and bike to school. Thanks to their efforts, we achieved 242,000 walking and biking trips this year alone. If you know anyone doing this work, give them a huge high five — or better yet, offer to help yourself!

Planning a BBQ this summer? While you're eating delicious burgers and drinking yummy beers, talk to your friends who have kids about participating in the Walk+Bike Day and Challenge so that next year, we can reach even more kids.

If you are feeling especially excited about next school year, sign up for the month-long October Challenge at Fire Up Your Feetand start those healthy habits the first full month of school! You can register all summer long at www.fireuypyourfeet.org! Look for updates as you head back to school.">www.fireuypyourfeet.org, and don't forget to look for updates as you head back to school. Those participating in the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge will be automatically entered to attend Walk+Bike to School Day and receive special incentives. Don't miss out this awesome opportunity, and thanks again everyone!