Reminder: Walk and Bike to School Meeting This Thursday

Calling all parents and community members interested in getting more Seattle kids walking and biking to school!

Whether you’re an experienced safe routes to school organizer, or a parent who is thinking of starting a program at your local school, come join us to talk about walk and bike programs throughout the city. This will be a great opportunity to share ideas about what has worked to get more kids walking and biking.

Meeting details:

Thursday April 12

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Bryant Elementary School

3311 NE 60th Street

Got a great success story to share? Come and tell other parents and schools about it.

Want to know how to get a program started? Come hear from other folks who have created programs at their local schools.

The agenda will include plenty of time for sharing stories and ideas, plus discussion of how our schools can stay better connected to create a stronger city-wide network.

We hope to have a great turnout of parents, faculty, and other folks from Seattle’s schools. Some of our key partners in walk and bike programs including Feet First, SDOT, and Cascade will be on hand as well. See you Thursday night!

Seattle School Parents: Citywide Walk & Bike Planning Meeting April 12

Clogged Racks Hey parents! Do you dream of full bike racks on the playground and lots of helmet clad kids riding around the school yard? Or sidewalks filled with happy kids and parents walking to school? Are you interested in starting a walk and bike to school program at your kid’s school but don’t know where to start?

Let’s get together and share ideas about walking and biking to school!

Mark your calendars for the city-wide walk and bike to school meeting:

7:00 – 8:30 PM, April 12th in the Bryant Elementary library (3311 NE 60th Street) 

In an effort to reverse the worrisome  Decline of Walking and Biking to School in the US, a group of NE Seattle parents started walk and bike to school programs at Bryant elementary, Laurelhurst elementary and Eckstein middle school. Over the past 5 years, these programs have experienced considerable success and growth with the percentage of walkers and bikers increasing at Bryant and Laurelhurst. For example, According to family surveys SDOT conducted over a  5-year period (from 2007 – 2011),  Bryant had the highest percentage of kids biking to school (8% in 2011). Bryant also increased the percentage of kids walking and biking to school (from 11% in 2007 to 33% in 2011)

Even with this success, we still have a long way to go in order to get back to 1969 percentages.

From Safe Routes to School:

  • In 1969, 48 % of children 5 to 14 years of age walked or bicycled to school
  • In 2009, 13 % of children 5 to 14 years of age walked or bicycled to school
  • In 1969, 41 % of children in grades K–8 lived within one mile of school
    • 88 % of these children walked or bicycled to school
  • In 2009, 31 %of children in grades K–8 lived within one mile of school
    • 38 % of these children walked or bicycled to school

Let’s work together and get the percentage of children who walk and bike to school in Seattle back to 88%!

Bike to School Month Spoke Card

Join us on April 12th and get information on how to get a program started at your kid’s school. Meet other parents who also want to increase walking and biking to school.

Meeting goals:

  • Share information about walking and biking programs in schools
  • Get information about how to start a program at your school
  • Meet other parents who share the same goals
  • Build a network for information sharing throughout Seattle (blog, twitter, Facebook and Google Groups)

We hope to see you there!

April 3: Wedgwood Parents, Get on Board the Bike-train!

Bike Train Poster

Maya Jacobs, a University of Washington Senior, will be hosting a meeting for Wedgwood Elementary parents to organize group bike rides to school for children. If you are interested in being a part of planning these rides, or simply would like to know more about the rides and similar rides in other schools, please attend the meeting on April 3rd at 6:30pm at the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library!

For more information contact Maya at maya29(at)uw(dot)edu with “Wedgwood bike rides” in your subject.

More about Maya and the program on the ViewRidge/Komo Blog.

See you next Tuesday!