Elementary Schools

Bike to School Program

Seattle in May is a time of change. Spring is in full swing and with any luck the sun is out and shining. It's the perfect time of year to tune up your bike and get ready to ride--right into summer and beyond!

Cascade Bicycle Club hosts Bike to School Month and Bike to School Day each May (as part of Cascade's Bike Month festivities) for schools in the Puget Sound area. Your elementary school can participate if you have a volunteer parent or teacher to organize the program at your site.

Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 6, 2015! Join hundreds of riders in the Seattle area and thousands of other riders across the country on Bike to School Day. Volunteers set up stations at schools to distribute prizes and welcome students who bike on May 6.

How to Get Registered

Elementary school students sign up at their participating school for Bike to School Month.  Rather than competing against each other, students keep track of the number of bike commute minutes on a calendar.  These minutes are reported at the end of the month to earn prizes. Because every child may not be able to cycle to school regularly, trips on a bike to sports practice, music lessons, the library, etc., can be counted.  

Volunteer parent or teacher coordinators from the school handle student sign ups, publicize the event at the school, report totals and distribute prizes. Cascade provides the materials (see toolbox below), prizes and support.  Coordinators should contact Khatsini Simani at khatsinis@cascadebicycleclub.org to reserve your Bike to School kit and to get your school registered for Bike to School month.

New this year:  Cascade will provide a FREE Pronto Cycle Share yearly membership to the leaders of the first 10 new bike to school programs that are created this year.  New programs will also receive a visit from a Cascade staffer on Bike to School Day--May 6--to provide support to your event and bring some treats! (The staffer visit would be limited to schools in Seattle, Highline, Lake Washington and Edmonds School Districts.)

Prizes!

The elementary schools with the highest total number of minutes biked during the month of May will be featured in an article in the Cascade Courier and receive the coveted Golden Pedal Award.

Additional incentives--with a focus on keeping kids safe and active--will be awarded to students that participate at all levels of engagement in Bike to School Month.

up to 360 minutes: Prize TBD

more than 360 minutes:  Prize TBD

Safety

You know your child and your route to school best, but in general young children are not prepared to ride on the street alone. Most elementary school children ride with their parents or another adult. We envision participation in Bike-to-School Month as a family project, one that may also introduce adults to the fun of cycling with kids!

To encourage this, we will provide weekly safety emails for parents of participants as part of Bike to School Month.

Helmets

We encourage all riders to wear a bike helmet whenever you are out on your wheels.  Cascade can provide helmets at low cost if your community or school would like to purchase helmets for an event.

Bike to School Toolbox

Parent Resources

Bike to School Coordinator Resources

Additional Resources