October 5th was Walk+Bike to School Day and we had over 265 Oregon schools register and participate! The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (soon to be Street Trust) headed out to Gilbert Park Elementary in east Portland to join the party. We met at the Country Food Market to form a walking school bus and headed to school! The kids loved getting the fresh air before class and were especially excited to walk through their neighborhood and say hi to the neighbors.
We heard from teachers, parents, and Safe Routes to School coordinators and enthusiasts from around the state about their Walk+Bike to School celebrations.
Anna Brown sent us the following information about their Walk+Bike encouragement in Redmond. “A local church nearby the school set up a tent and handed out hot cocoa to all the children who stopped there on their way to school. We also had a police officer escorting children and giving tours of his car. There were lots of laughs. Our school is considered a ‘walking school.’ We do not have a bus system, but still have many cars dropping off and picking children up. We are trying to REALLY encourage people to walk and bike instead, so we will be setting up post and handing out hot cocoa every Wednesday morning for the month of October.”
Jennifer Vasicek, the Safe Routes to School Volunteer Coordinator for Mary Woodward Elementary in Tigard, sent in photos and a recap of their Walk+Bike to School Day event. “Our school’s location is really challenging for biking and walking, as much of our boundary extends up Bull Mountain, and the school sits at the bottom of the mountain. However, we have had great participation in our Walk + Bike events. We have two meeting locations: one at the dog park at Summerlake Park, and the other at a fire station on Walnut St. We lead walking school buses and bike groups from those two locations to the school. This year we even got Western Bikeworks to join us and hand out water bottles and fill bike tires.”