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 7! 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 7.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your Bike to School kit and to get your school registered for Bike to School month.
The elementary and K-8 schools with the highest total number of minutes biked during the month of May will be featured in an article in the Cascade Courier, receive the coveted Golden Pedal Award, and receive a new bike from Raleigh to award to one lucky student.
Seattle Children's Hospital is hosting a party on Saturday, June 14th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at which Bike to School month winners will be announced. We will recognize the elementary school and K-8 schools with the most minutes of bike commuting in May as well as top riders and teams at the middle school and high school level.
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 240 minutes: LED bike light
more than 240 minutes: Bike to School frisbee
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.
We encourage all riders to wear a bike helmet whenever you are out on your wheels. Cascade can provide helmets at low cost and make sure that your helmet fits properly. Contact our Community Programs Assistant at email@example.com if you'd like to purchase a helmet at our Magnuson Park office.
Bike to School Toolbox
Bike to School Coordinator Resources
- Bike to School Sample Newsletter Announcement
- Bike to School Registration Form
- Bike to School Challenge Calendar