Bike/Walk to School Days

October 26, 2010 at 10:56 am Leave a comment

This October Clean Energy Durham has been getting up and out into the crisp morning air.  This month we helped sponsor bike/walk to school days at E.K. Powe and George Watts Montessori Magnet.

On E.K. Powe’s bike/walk to school day, bikes filled the racks and students and parents resorted to the school’s trees to lock their bikes.  Nancy Kaiser, an E.K. Powe parent and key organizer for this event, is seeking to improve students’ fitness through walking.  She is planning on making bike/walk to E.K. Powe a monthly event this school year.  As the transportation staff person at Clean Energy Durham, I was at the school entrance talking to parents about how they normally commute to school and providing information about innovative ways to make walking a more regular practice.  For example, a walking school bus is a way for parents to share walking duties and build relationships with other parents in their neighborhood.

Later that week we hooked up our bicycle power blenders and set up at George Watts for their bike/walk to school day.  Parents were encouraged to walk and bike to school early and come to the school yard where the P.E. teacher, Stephanie Brennan (Coach B.), Janice McCarthy, and Stacy Murphy had food and smoothie supplies ready for hungry walkers and bikers.  An estimated 80 people joined us in the schoolyard and it was thrilling to see so many neighborhood families get up early, save fuel, and enjoy the morning together.

This fall we will be following up with parents from both schools, providing them with more information and resources about biking and walking.  If you are interested in more details about organizing a walk/bike to school day.

For more details on this event checkout the Herald Sun article and the George Watts PTA Blog.

Robin

Entry filed under: Transportation, Trinity Park.

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