May 9 Is National Bike to School Day
Thousands of Fort Collins K-12 students will be biking to school in celebration of the sixth annual National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9. Some schools go even further, making biking to school the cool thing to do all week long with "Bike Week" May 7-11.
National Bike to School Day is celebrated in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Month.
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.
In 2016, the Safe Routes program taught bicycle and pedestrian safety to more than 6,000 students at 30 local schools, led numerous after-school walking and biking clubs, partnered with the Recreation Department to provide summer bike camps, finished construction of the new Tavelli Multi-use Path, completed pilot-testing of the School Rotation Schedule, and so much more.
Thanks to additional funding approved through the City's budgeting process for 2017-18, the SRTS School Rotation Schedule will expand in 2017 to reach all sixth-graders at PSD middle schools. All sixth-graders taking PE will be able to participate in the SRTS "Bike PE" curriculum, which teaches students how to bicycle safely and courteously on Fort Collins streets and multi-use trails. The link on the title to this article shows the complete School Rotation Schedule. Successful pilot-testing of this plan was carried out in 2015-16 with support from a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School Program.
If you are a student or parent with Bennett Elementary, Shepardson Elementary, Lesher Middle School, or Blevins Middles School, click here to log in to the "Trip Tracker" system.
View our new infographic summary for calendar year 2015. It was an outstanding year that included programming at 24 local schools, bike-ped education for 8,000 K-12 students, an expanded SRTS bike fleet, bike-ped infrastructure improvements via the SRTS Strategic Traffic Infrastructure Project and much more!
Fort Collins in Spotlight at SRTS National Conference
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