Bike to School Month is finally here!

Kids all around the Puget Sound region are getting ready to track their rides each day to earn cool prizes. 48 schools are registered so far, including seven middle and high schools new to the Bike to School Challenge.

We’ve unveiled a new online platform for our middle and high schoolers to keep track of their rides and immediately see how they stack up on the leaderboard. One of the best features of the website, developed by Luum, is being able to track how much CO2 you are not emitting into the environment, just by riding to school. It’s fun to watch the number grow as the month goes on.

Middle and high schoolers will receive a Bike Benefits sticker just for registering and can win other prizes throughout the challenge just for logging rides on the website each week. Traitor Cycles has donated hand-crafted steel bikes to both the top middle and high school riders of the Bike to School Challenge.

Several high school students in the Bellevue School District have been busy planning Bike to School activities as they celebrate Bike Month for the first time. They have collaborated with one another, shared ideas and will even host a free bike maintenance day to help their fellow students prepare to ride in May and beyond.

Elementary students will track their minutes of riding on a calendar that is collected by their school’s Bike to School coordinator at the end of the month. They will either earn bike spoke sliders or a bike strap for their pant leg, depending on how often they ride during May.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will be riding with a group of students and their family members in a bike train to Alki Elementary School on Bike to School Day, Wednesday, May 6. The train will go from Anchor Park, along beautiful Alki Drive, to the school’s playground where a welcome celebration has been planned.

Bike to School Day is celebrated around the nation by thousands of kids and families. It is not too late to get your school community involved in Bike Month! Students and schools can join at any time during the month.