Bike to School

May is Bike to School Month!

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 10!

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

Win an Ortlieb backpack!

Students aren’t the only ones to earn prizes! Two lucky coordinators will receive a new Ortlieb backpack with the Cascade logo. One will go to the coordinator who encourages the most number of new riders to join the challenge, and the second will go to the coordinator telling us the best Bike to School story from your community. 

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 2016 award went to Stephanie Frans, a parent at Olympic Hills Elementary who had created new bike programming for youth in her community, with a focus on equity and access.

2016 Bike to School Month Recap

Last year’s Bike to School Month became Cascade’s first 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 2016 a total of 3,769 elementary school students rode their bikes!
  • The Golden Pedal Award, given to the school with the most minutes ridden during the month of May, was awarded to Thornton Creek Elementary, whose students rode 71,365 total minutes.
  • Seven School Districts including Anacortes, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Lake Washington, Seattle and Wenatchee participated in Bike to School Day and the month-long challenge.
  • By the end of the month a total of 780,475 minutes were logged by elementary, middle, and high school students combined.
  • All students who biked during the month and turned in their bike to school month calendars won a Bike to School spoke reflector prize.
  • Throughout the challenge, 30 middle and high school students won raffle prizes and two students won brand new Kona Dew bikes in the final raffle prize drawing. Congrats Kai Bromley and Elena Runyan!