The date for the fifth annual National Bike to School Day has been set -- mark your calendars for May 4, and start gearing up to ride.
Last year, Bike to School events took place throughout the month of May and, of course, on National Bike to School Day. More than 2,600 schools in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia participated. Nearly 120 schools in Colorado participated, and Fort Collins had more registered events than any other city in Colorado.
National Bike to School Day is celebrated in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Month. The event builds on the popularity of International Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country -- and the world -- each October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years.
Check your school's website for information about bike-related events during the month of May and particularly during the week of National Bike to School Day. If you are organizing bike-related activities for your school, please be sure to register your event on the national website. You can also look up event information on that site.
As the Safe Routes program continues to develop in Fort Collins, a School Rotation Schedule has been implemented to ensure that all students in the community have equal access to the Safe Routes educational programming at critical stages of their academic and physical development. The linked schedule above shows which schools will receive the programming each calendar year and other details about this strategic program-delivery plan. Pilot-testing of this plan in 2015 and 2016 has been supported by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School Program.
The City's SRTS coordinator, Nancy Nichols, presented on "Equity in Safe Routes to School Educational Programming" at the Safe Routes to School National Conference in early April 2016. Her co-presenter was Dot Dickerson of Bike Fort Collins, a nonprofit contractor that delivers the SRTS School Rotation Schedule to all public schools in Fort Collins. Three cornerstones of equity in local SRTS programming are "Saturation" (making sure students from all public schools participate), "Empowerment" (including students of all ages and abilities through adaptive equipment and methods) and "Meeting Kids Where They Are" (taking SRTS to places that are convenient and fun for kids and families). For information on the conference, visit saferoutesconference.org. For other details, please email Nancy at bm5pY2hvbHNAZmNnb3YuY29t