Timed Thornton Creek Routes

The finalized routes are here! The south route has been modified very slightly to minimize arterial crossings. The times refer to the times the bike train is expected to leave that location. Cyclists can hop on the train at any point during its route, using the times as guidelines to inform arrival. If you are planning to participate in these bike trains (which you are, of course) please read the rules of bike trains before the first train.

Thornton Creek Elementary School North Route

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Thornton Creek Elementary School South Route


To join the Thornton Creek Bike Train Google Group, contact Maya at maya29@uw.edu.

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Bike Train Rules

If you are considering joining a train at Thornton Creek or Wedgwood, or if you are pondering organizing something similar in your own locale, please take a few minutes to get acquainted with the rules of Thornton Creek and Wedgwood bike trains.

Rules–hard and fast:

  1. Children who ride their own cycles must be comfortable and competeImagent on the bike.
  2. ALL attendees MUST wear helmets!
  3. Every group must maintain two adults in front and one in back at all times.
  4. (At least for now) All children must be represented by an adult.
  5. Group rides must stop at all stop signs and lights and wait for parents to signal that it is safe to cross.

General Guidelines:

  1. While bicycle theft is lame, and stealing childrens’ bikes is lame and petty, it is a good idea to come equipped with a lock, and to not leave bikes on racks overnight.
  2. Be aware of your tire pressure/brake adjustments to be a safe and efficient cyclist.
  3. To keep a buffer between kids and cars, I suggest that two adults remain on the outside edge of the bike train at all times.

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!

Thornton Creek Elementary School Bike-Train

Thornton Creek Elementary students will soon be participating in collaborative commuting. This May, children and their parents will ride the predetermined routes to school, stopping to pick up more students along the way. These rides, while cheaper and more environmentally sustainable than driving, also build friendship, community and trust among both student and parent participants. While bike-trains may be small in scale, they address global issues such as social isolation, climate change, childhood obesity and economic instability.

Thornton Creek Routes

Thornton Creek Elementary School North Route

Thornton Creek Elementary School South Route

If you are not directly on a route please explore the safest and most efficient way to cycle to the nearest stop.