Bike to School

We are looking forward to Bike to School Month 2018!

May is National Bike Month, a time for people of all ages across the country to engage in active transportation through bicycling. In addition to being enjoyable, bicycling can lead to lifelong healthy habits. During Bike to School month, and throughout the year, we encourage all students to begin their school day with a safe and active commute, helping them arrive to school ready to learn! Can’t ride all month long? Celebrate on Bike to School Day, Wednesday, May 9th, 2018!

Cascade Bicycle Club hosts friendly statewide Bike to School competitions for elementary, middle, and high school students. Students track their bike riding during May to earn cool prizes and promote active transportation in their communities.

Why Bike to School?

Biking helps us feel energized, engage with our neighbors and reduce our carbon footprint. Not only does biking to school help foster lifelong healthy habits, but it can also encourage active transportation in the early-life stage. Starting the school day with a bike ride, walk or roll will ensure that kids are awake and ready to learn!

Coordinator Incentives & Honors

CLINT LOPER AWARD

In 2016, we lost a dear member of our Bike to School community. Clint Loper was a parent champion who was instrumental in creating a vibrant bike culture at Bryant Elementary and Eckstein Middle School. A founding member of Walk.Bike.Schools, a group formed to support other parent champions, Clint also served on the Seattle Bike Advisory Board and formerly known Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation Board (now Cascade Bicycle Club Board) as well as led many neighborhood safe street initiatives.

Cascade has created the Clint Loper Award to honor a parent bike-to-school champion, working within their community to foster and promote what Clint called “kid-powered transportation.” The 2017 award went to Faith DeBolt, a parent at Thoreau Elementary in Kirkland who started a brand new Bike to School Challenge and Day at her school.

2017 Bike to School Month Recap

Cascade’s Bike to School Month challenge is a statewide challenge to encourage elementary, middle, and high school students to bike with us on National Bike to School Day and throughout the month of May! Take a look at these outstanding achievements:

  • On Bike to School Day 2017 a reported total of 3,317 students rode their bikes!

  • Two Golden Pedal Awards were given out this year to:

    • Thornton Creek Elementary. For the third year in a row, Thornton Creek Elementary logged the most minutes, totalling 108,854 minutes in May!

    • AND… Cedar Way Elementary, whose students logged an average of 1,278 minutes per person!

  • Fifteen School Districts including Anacortes, Bellevue, Edmonds, Lake Washington, Seattle and Vancouver participated in Bike to School Day and the month-long challenge.

  • By the end of the month a total of 973,455 minutes were logged by elementary, middle, and high school students combined. That is 192,980 more than in 2016!

  • All students who biked during the month and turned in their calendars won a Bike to School prize.

  • Throughout the challenge, 16 middle and high school students won raffle prizes including bike repair kits, light sets, a waterproof backpack, and a Public bike.