One Month to the Walk + Bike Challenge!
Walk + Bike Challenge Month is just one month away.
This statewide event is a friendly competition that encourages students to walk and bike to school for the whole month of May. In 2009, 60 schools and over 4,000 individuals participated in the event. Record participation is expected among elementary and middle schools in 2010, and for the first time, high schools and universities are also invited to participate. Older students will have access to the online trip-tracking system used for the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge, which allows them to compare mileage and challenge their friends.
School coordinators at elementary and middle schools help students track their trips on the Challenge scorecard. This year, registering your school and reporting results online is easier than ever thanks to a generous grant from Kaiser Permanente for web improvements.
Besides the packet of resources you’ll receive in the mail from the BTA (including stickers, temporary tattoos, ribbons, scorecards, and other information) there is some great local support from the Eugene SRTS Team including a prize to use for your schools prize pool (a helmet, backpack, or similar prize to be announced) AND a $500 cash award from point2point solutions to the school with the highest percentage of walkers, bikers, skaters, and other active modes of transport! This cash award can go to any active transportation or physical education project that the school chooses!
We’re also planning a special Bike & Boat the Willamette celebration in June to celebrate the end of the event and give out awards. We’re looking for a sponsor (or sponsors) to help fund the celebration and parts of the Walk + Bike Challenge. Contact Shane Rhodes to find out about becoming a sponsor.
We’ll have final details in the mid-April newsletter but register your school NOW so that you receive your organizer packet in the mail soon so you’re ready to start promoting the event.
Which school will get the most kids active this May? Let the games begin!