West Woodland — Walking to School and Biking Too!

We’re looking forward to learning more about the walk and bike to school programs at West Woodland Elementary School.

West Woodland is known for its walking school buses, and has been cited by both Feet First and even the Seattle Times as having a great walk to school program. Nicole Brodeur of the Times wrote a nice article on the West Woodland walking school bus back in 2010, calling it a “well-oiled machine of chattering kids and banging backpacks”:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nicolebrodeur/2013135353_nicole12m.html

But the school has a bike to school program as well, complete with an annual bike rodeo and other fun events.

In fact, this year’s bike rodeo is scheduled for May 6th. We can’t wait to hear how it goes.

Sounds like a couple folks from West Woodland will join us on April 12 at the city-wide meet-up. Hopefully they’ll share some of their tips and techniques for getting kids walking and biking. Can’t wait to learn more about what they’ve been doing to promote kid-powered commuting!

Bike Trains in the Local News!

It was nice to see a little press coverage for the Thornton Creek bike train project last week. KOMO’s communities page picked up the story just after the kickoff meeting at a Thornton Creek parent’s home.

http://viewridge.komonews.com/news/transportation/732705-uw-student-wants-help-build-biking-boom

The basic plan for Thornton Creek is to ride every Friday in May, along two routes, picking up kids at stops along the way. One route is along future Neighborhood Greenway 39th Ave. NE, so it should be a good showcase and an opportunity to work out the bugs of getting to school along the future Greenway.

Interested in putting together a bike train at your school? Here is a link to some great information on what has worked in other cities:

http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/resourcecenter/SRAM-Bicycling-Webinars/bike-trains

Soon we’ll have some results to share from right here in NE Seattle. So stay tuned for more information as the bike trains start rolling!