Oregon Walk and Bike News

Walk+Bike Coordinators Bring the Movement to the Next Level in Oregon

Margaux Mennesson is the Communications for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and is a great friend of the BTA!  Enjoy this guest blog post from Margaux as she helps spread the word about the Walk+Bike Challenge and Fire Up Your Feet!  Thanks, Margaux!

Walk+Bike school coordinators make Oregon’s walk and bike to school movement one of the strongest in the country. Now, the BTA, Walk+Bike, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership want your help to take the movement to the next level. It’s time to engage even more parents and school staff in active transportation and physical activity in daily life.

How? We are partnering on a new nationwide program called Fire Up Your Feet.

Fire Up Your Feet empowers individuals (students, parents, teachers, and school staff) to sign up and track their daily activity online as part of Oregon’s May Activity Challenge. The online activity tracker is easy to use and fun. As a coordinator, that means YOU save time on collecting trip counts and logging trips for everyone at your school – all while helping to build momentum among more families for walking and biking to school.

 

The schools in Oregon with the most participation are eligible to earn Challenge Awards of up to $1,000 to use to improve physical activity opportunities at school. Winning schools might choose to install more bike racks, improve playground equipment, or host a Fun Run or walking event – it’s up to you!

 

So coordinators, go sign up at fireupyourfeet.org!

Every school that signs up on either website (walknbike.org or fireupyourfeet.org) is eligible to receive the incentive box of prizes from the BTA and to earn Challenge Awards at the end of May.

Interview with Kim, parent and Walk+Bike Organizer


Kim and her son

Kim Faber is the a parent and Walk+Bike Challenge organizer at St. Paul Elementary in St. Paul, Oregon. Thanks, Kim, for all of your hard work encouraging students in St. Paul to walk and bike!

BTA: Why do you love organizing the Walk+Bike Challenge at your school?

Kim: I love it because it gets kids out to exercise. It is also fun to see the kids excited to ride their bikes to school.

What is the biggest barrier to encouraging walking and biking at your school?

We are in a small farm community,  a lot of the kids live to far out to ride or walk to school.  I have to work with those kids, to come to school 15 minutes early and walk the track.  The school has helped out that the kids can ride the bus to a certain point and walk to school with adults who help out.

Can you share a story about you walking and biking to school when you were a kid?

School was about 2 miles from my house, so if I could get a couple other friends to ride with me, my mom would let us go the long way (back roads) to school.

What makes your program unique?

We try and get most of the kids involved, either by walking the track at school (for those that live to far out) or having the kids get off the bus at the Banker's cup and walk to school from their.  We also have drawing for prizes for the kids that participate along with healthy snacks.

Join Kim and others as they work to change the world one student at a time by registering your school for the Walk+Bike Challenge!

Welcome Spring Ambassadors!

Our spring teaching team is ready to go!


Meet Brandon, Vince, Joel, Sheilagh, Sarah, Adam and Lale!

Assistant Ambassadors Sarah, Brandon, and Adam, are new this season and are having a great time with the kids. You may recognize Ambassadors Vince and Lale from last season. We are excited to have them back! You're also probably well acquainted with Joel and Sheilagh who have been teaching with the BTA for a combined 10 years.

Between now and mid-June our team of enthusiastic educators will teach bike safety education at 23 schools and reach over 1,000 students, but we can't do it with out you! There are three ways you can volunteer your time and help out with our Walk+Bike program:
Ride with Kids
Wrench on Bikes for Kids
Move Bike Fleets

We think the Walk+Bike safety education program is great, but you don't have to take our word for it!  Last fall one teacher at Arleta School told us,

"A lot of these students currently ride their bikes to school, so they will be safer. They also were able to be a part of their community throughout the 2 weeks [of the Walk+Bike class]. Even students who never ride a bike again will at least have a better understanding of what bicyclists needs are when they drive later on in life. This will make them less likely to be upset towards people on bicycles and make conditions safer. Studies show that cyclists are happier in general than drivers. We want a happy and healthy community and [the Walk+Bike program] encourages that."