May is Bike to School Month!

Bike to School Month is time to showcase the benefits of biking and encourage students to give biking a try for the first time!  Biking helps us reduce our carbon footprint, engage with our neighbors, get exercise and feel energized.  Bike to School programs are a way to foster life-long healthy habits for the whole family.  Starting the school day with kid-powered transportation ensures that children are awake and ready to learn. We are in the 4rd year of own program here at Pacific Crest and invite you to join in on this month long celebration. May is also the time for Cycles in Nature, a bicycle program involving our Middle School students. 

EVENTS

National Bike to School Day May 10th - http://www.walkbiketoschool.org

Pacific Crest Bike and Walk to School Day Wednesday May 17th - Bike trains, walking school bus and celebration

Bike Trains throughout the month lead by parent volunteers

 

BIKE TRAINS

WHAT IS A BIKE TRAIN?

For the month of May, parent and student volunteers will be running bike trains to school. A bike train is an organized group made up of children and adults who ride their bikes to and from school along an established route. It’s a great way to give biking to school a try, especially if you aren’t the most confident cyclist yourself. 

 

BIKE TRAIN SIGN UP 

Bike train sign up information coming soon. If you are interested in assisting with leading bike trains please contact Ellen Butzel at ellenbutzel@yahoo.com.

 

BIKE CHECKLIST

  • Bike – tires inflated, chain on, brakes functioning
  • Basic Bike Skills to ride on street – If cycling to school is new to you and/or your child, please get a little practice on bike handling and traffic safety skills or join the bike rodeo THIS SUNDAY (May 1st) at West Woodland Elementary School (see below)
  • Helmet – required under King County Law! Correct helmet fitting information is here: http://www.bhsi.org/fit.htm
  • Lock – please be sure your bike is secured for the day.

 

BIKE RENTAL INFORMATION

Are you curious about family biking and/or electric bikes? Wish you had the perfect setup to participate in May's Bike-to-School activities? Several Seattle bike shops (and one fabulous nonprofit) offer rentals tailored to your family’s needs, allowing you to give the bike life a solid try! Here are some recommended local organizations and shops for family biking and e-bikes: 

Familybike Seattle (nonprofit with a great stable of rental bikes and a mission to “decrease barriers to biking for families of all income levels”)

G&O Family Cyclery (Greenwood)

Electric Lady Bicycles (Capitol Hill)

Seattle Electric Bike (Ballard) 

Seattle E-bike (SoDo)

More bike rental information can be found at https://www.cascade.org/bike-rentals

 

General Bike to School Contact Information:

Ellen Butzel 206-910-7256 ellenbutzel@yahoo.com