Oregon Walk and Bike News

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!

Lake Grove School Rolls On

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The other week, the Portland Tribune ran an article about Lake Grove School in Lake Oswego. Families at Lake Grove School are taking the Walk+Bike Challenge to heart and have encouraged biking in the area! Karen Chi, parent and Walk+Bike Challenge coordinator, led the charge as the whole community got involved.

"It’s just a way to encourage students and families to lead happy, healthy lifestyles,” Karen said. “It’s a way to get some info to the city of Lake Oswego as to how many kids walk and bike to school in the hopes that maybe there will be improvements for bike safety and sidewalks.”

Lake Grove Elementary is surrounded by two high-traffic roads — Boones Ferry Road and Kruse Way — yet there are no school crosswalks across either.

According to Karen, she hopes that with the recent pass of a bond measure to revitalize the Lake Grove section of Boones Ferry Road, the city of Lake Oswego will create safer pedestrian and bikeways.

Beth Otto, a Lake Oswego resident and city sustainable intern, is further promoting cycling in the area with the Lake Oswego 100-Mile Challenge.

And thank you, Karen, for your leadership and energy!