Getting dropped off at school in your parent’s car is massively uncool. It’s 2012, and biking and walking to school is back in a big way.
Though people have been pushing for more non-motorized school transportation for years, last school year may just have been the year biking to school in Seattle broke into the mainstream.
Walk.Bike.Schools formed in the spring, birthed from the success of bike-to-school programs in NE Seattle schools like Bryant Elementary and Eckstein Middle School. The group aims to unite the parents and students from all over Seattle who are trying to encourage more walking and biking to school, giving them an opportunity to share ideas and get support.
The first Walk.Bike.Schools meeting of the 2012-13 school year is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Loyal Heights Elementary in Ballard.
If your kid’s school doesn’t already have a visible and welcoming bike/walk to school push, then get to this meeting and learn how to make it happen yourself.
After two successful meetings this past spring and early summer at Bryant Elementary, walk.bike.schools is taking the show on the road. We’re getting together in Ballard this coming Tuesday to launch some plans for getting more of our kids walking and biking!
Walk.bike.schools was launched this past spring to increase collaboration among Seattle schools and to create a stronger and clearer voice for kid-powered commuting within the city and the school district. While this effort began in NE Seattle (initially sponsored by parents from Bryant Elementary and Eckstein Middle School), the vision has always been citywide. Attendees at the first meetings reflected that diversity, with schools from all over the city becoming involved. It quickly became apparent there is strong interest in kid-powered commuting throughout Seattle, and Ballard happens to be one of several hotbeds for these programs!
West Woodland, Salmon Bay, Adams, Loyal Heights, Whitman, and Ballard High are among the schools in the Ballard neighborhood doing incredible things to promote walking and biking to school. These schools are linked as well. Kids from these several elementary schools frequently attend Whitman Middle and then Ballard High.