Bike to School FAQ

What are the prizes?

For Bike To School Day, every participant will get a certificate for their participation along with a coupon code from one of our generous sponsors.

For submitting minutes at the end of the month, students and coordinators will be entered into a raffle for some amazing prizes.

Why are there small changes to the program this year?

The reason that we are making these changes is twofold: 1) The challenge has grown tremendously in the past years, and in order to continue into a statewide initiative, we are working hard to make our support scalable while still being effective for our Bike to School participants, and 2) by allowing individual schools to print their own supplies, we are aiming to reduce instances of wasted print and prize materials.

What is the Golden Pedal Award?

To be announced soon.

How does the challenge work?

The challenge has three main steps:
  1. 1) Sign up online (via google form)
  2. 2) Track minutes with the calendar
  3. 3) Submit minutes at the end for a chance to win prizes (via google form)

How do I sign up?

Who can sign up?
  1. Students 13 and older can sign themselves up
  2. Students under 13 must participate with an adult coordinator and do not need to individually sign up
  3. Coordinators do not need to sign up individual students because they are signing up for the whole group

How do I submit my minutes?

  1. Students 13 and older can submit their own individual minutes
  2. Students under 13 must have minutes submitted by a coordinator
  3. Coordinators can submit minutes for a student or students of any age
  4. All minutes will be submitted via a Google form at the end of the month
  5. Participants must sign up and submit minutes to enter to win prizes
  6. Please be sure that your child’s minutes are only submitted one time

Who can participate?

  1. Elementary students track their minutes ridden using a specially designed Bike to School tracking calendar (coming soon).
  2. Middle and high school students participate through registering online at Cascade's Bike to School Challenge webpage. Middle and high school students will keep track of their daily hours on their own and report their total number of minutes ridden at the end of the month on Cascade's website. They are also welcome to use the Bike to School tracking calendar. Visit our specialized pages for each age group to find out more.

What is a coordinator?

A coordinator is any adult who is submitting minutes for a student or students. We hope that coordinators will also support and inspire students throughout the challenge to ride more and track their minutes through various encouragement efforts.

How do I become a coordinator?

New this year, we are encouraging anyone to be a coordinator in an effort to reach more students. If your school has a coordinator (often a teacher or parent volunteer), we encourage you to reach out to them (we can help you find them). If not, we would love for you to become a coordinator for your school! Other coordinator candidates might include scout troop leaders, sports team coaches, or even just parents who want their own children to be involved.

Why do you need a coordinator?

Coordinators serve two main roles. (1) They are needed to support students under 13 in submitting minutes at the end of the month, and (2) they are indispensable activists in their community encouraging students to use active transportation, organizing events, and keeping students on track during the challenge.

Can I sign up just my kids as a parent/guardian?

Absolutely! If your student is already involved in another group participating in the challenge, we ask that you make sure that their minutes are only submitted one time. If you are just registering your child, please consider leading Bike to School for a broaden range of students, such as your child’s school, sports team, or other group.

When is Bike to School Day?

May 9th, 2018

What are the benefits of a Cascade Membership?

Your Cascade membership makes Washington a better place for people riding bikes:
  • You are championing better and safer bicycle infrastructure.
  • You are providing bicycle education programs for children, families, school groups and everyone else who wants to ride a bike.
  • You are empowering youth from diverse communities through the Major Taylor Project.
  • You are making it possible for Cascade to offer over 2,500 free group rides every year.
  • Ultimately, you are getting more people on bikes

We recommend the family membership for our Bike to School folks! Learn more.

How do I track my minutes?

  • Elementary students track their minutes ridden using a specially designed Bike to School tracking calendar (coming soon).
  • Middle and high school students participate through registering online at Cascade's Bike to School Challenge webpage. Middle and high school students will keep track of their daily hours on their own and report their total number of minutes ridden at the end of the month on Cascade's website. They are also welcome to use the Bike to School tracking calendar. Visit our specialized pages for each age group to find out more.

Do I have to be riding to or from school?

Every minute riding counts, including: rides to school, sports practice, parks, libraries, a friend’s house and more! Students should direct all additional questions to their school’s Bike to School coordinator.

Does walking, scootering, or skating count?

Although we do encourage students to use all forms of active transportation and recreation, these do not count towards the Bike to School Challenge. If you have special circumstances or further questions, please let us know.

How do I coordinate a good BTS program?

Please explore the website (“Bike to School Coordinators” and “Resources” pages). If you still have questions, please do reach out.

Still have questions?

Please contact us at BTS@cascade.org

Contacts: 
Bike to School team
bts@cascade.org