143 Bryant Elementary students biked to school in May. That’s a quarter of the school population (not even counting the kids who walked).
Anyone who has ever been near a school at drop-off or (worse) pick-up times has witnessed the dangerous insanity caused by so many people in cars frustratingly trying to move kids around. Parents, fearful of their child walking or biking around so many cars, choose to drive them instead, creating a vicious car-dependent cycle. Navigating this insanity is likely the most dangerous thing a child will do each day.
But there is a way out, and Bryant Elementary is showing us the way. From the Eckstein Bikes Facebook page:
Another huge bike to school success story. Bryant has had a bike to school program for about six years, but this was their biggest Bike to School Month ever. Check out these numbers: 143 kids participated in May, riding over 1300 round trips to and from school. This was over a 50% increase from last year!
39 of the kids rode at least 15 times. And here’s our favorite number… 18 Bryant kids rode to school every single day! I think they are hooked! No wonder the racks are so full.
Oh, and three teachers rode as well! Thanks for being great role models!
And it’s not just a NE Seattle thing. It’s happening all over the city.
Seattle Public Schools has noticed the success, and they are making a concerted effort to make biking and walking to school a key part of their transportation plan. Safe walking and biking routes will be designated for every school, and walking school buses and bike trains are encouraged. With schools around the country still facing bike-to-school bans, this is is a good measure of how far Seattle has come.