Oregon Walk and Bike News

Thoughts from 2013 Walk + Bike Organizers

Burt Tate from Roseburg, Oregon

Burt

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

Christine

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

Amy

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!

Kids Made 242,000 Active Trips in May!

Congratulations to all the Walk+Bike organizers, families, and students!  They made it through a another month of tireless encouraging and tracking walking and bicycle trips during the Walk+Bike Challenge! We want to thank them all so much for their hard work and enthusiasm.

The real winners in the Walk+Bike Challenge are the kids who took around 242,000 active trips in May! 

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We also want to acknowledge our friends at schools that had particularly impressive participation.

  • Ventura Park Elementary saw the greatest increase in participation, going from 14.3%-47.8%, a 43% increase in active trips!
  • Llewellyn Elementary had the most trips by bicycle, 1,340 trips in total!  Awesome!
  • Beach Elementary had the most walking and bicycling trips and the greatest student participation. 95% of the school population made 8,175 trips on foot and by bicycle!
  • Hucrest Elementary and Woodburn Elementary had the best student participation of the schools new to the program, both with 43% participation!

Hooray for everyone who helped thousands of kids get to school in a safe and healthy way!

Read more stories about the Walk+Bike Challenge, and check out the Results!