Biking to school is cool!

Back to school means back to biking, and the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation has plenty of programs on tap geared to get our kids to school safely, on time and ready to learn.

Take Safe Routes to School this fall:

It’s that time again, leaves are falling and the kid in you wants to ride over the extra crunchy looking ones. Fall also means it is back to school time. This school year, in collaboration with Feet First, Toole Design Work and SDOT, Cascade will be working on four Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) grants with Dearborn Park, Hawthorne, Roxhill and Olympic Hills elementary schools.

SRTS is designed to encourage students (and their parents) to bike and walk to school, with the goal of creating healthy habits and reducing traffic congestion in the school community. SRTS focuses on the five E’s to promote biking and walking to school: Education of parents, students and public of safe behaviors; Encouragement during Bike Month with prizes and recognition; Engineering new sidewalks to easily access the schools; Enforcement of traffic speed in school zones; and Evaluation of how behaviors changed throughout the process.

Keep your eyes open for more students on your commute to work, and say hi and encourage them to keep riding.

 

Ask Gov. Gregoire to help kids get safely to school
Right now, Governor Gregoire has a choice. She can slash funding that gives tens of thousands of children the opportunity to walk and bike to school. Or she can keep funding the state’s Safe Routes to School program that improves our children’s safety and health. The Governor must make her decision by October 1. Write a letter to her today, asking for her continued support of Safe Routes to School. Take action!

 

Bike classes:

Just in time for a new school year, we’re got classes to help you and your teenager get rolling safely.

Learn 2 Ride
If you never learned how to ride a bike we’ve got you covered there too.  Contact the Classes Coordinator to set up a one-on-one “Learn 2 Ride” lesson now before the winter sets in.

Urban Cycling Techniques – Ride on
Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cascade Bicycle Club office, at 7400 Sand Point Way NE

Gain the knowledge to make informed decisions while riding in traffic and the confidence to balance caution, assertiveness and the skills necessary for safer urban riding. Recreational or transportational cyclists who want to learn to interact positively and safely with urban traffic will learn the traffic laws as they pertain to bicyclists, riding skills, effective braking techniques, scanning, avoiding obstacles and signaling, on-bike crash-avoidance techniques, and more.

Back to Basics of Bicycling- Get Rolling
Sunday, Sept. 30.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cascade Bicycle Club office, at 7400 Sand Point Way NE

If you’re new to bicycling or just getting back on your bike after years out of the saddle, we’ll help you gain the skills necessary to ride safely and confidently. This entry-level course prepares new and returning riders for our Urban Cycling Techniques course.