Today Is Walk + Bike to School Day!
The morning commute of thousands of local students will be people-powered today, as they walk or bike to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders.
Eugene Safe Routes to School and 24 participating local schools are among thousands of schools from around the world celebrating Walk + Bike to School Day today.
Two dozen area schools have registered at WalknBike.org for the event this year: 4J schools Adams, Buena Vista, Camas Ridge, Charlemagne, Holt, Edison, Gilham, Howard, McCornack, Meadowlark and River Road elementary schools; the K–8 Arts & Technology Academy and co-located Family School; Cal Young, Monroe and Roosevelt middle schools; and Churchill High School; as well as other area schools Hamlin, Homesource, Irving, Malabon, Meadow View, Pathfinder, Prairie Mountain, and Village School.
Schools throughout the community are holding events with kids, parents and community leaders walking, biking, skating and scooting their way to school under their own power. Events including juggling, unicycling, bike-blended smoothies, letter-writing campaigns, poster contests and more will add to the schools’ events.
Walk + Bike to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.
The event is being organized locally by Eugene Safe Routes to School — a project of Eugene School District 4J, the City of Eugene, point2point SchoolSolutions, and Lane Coalition for Healthy and Active Youth (LCHAY).
For more information, please contact Shane MacRhodes, Eugene Safe Routes to School coordinator, at 541-556-3553.
Several schools have planned special activities for the day. Highlights include:
Arts & Technology Academy / Family School, 1650 W. 22nd Ave.
ATA and Family School students and parents will meet at 18th & Chambers (near Albertson’s) and walk to school as a group. Superintendent George Russell and school board member Jim Torrey will join in the walk up and over 18th Avenue and through Westmoreland Park to the school.
The group will depart down the path at 8:00 a.m. and arrive at the school in time to enjoy juice, snacks and prize giveaways that include ribbons for doing the walk, helmets, and more, all before school starts at 8:55 a.m.
Howard Elementary School
At Howard Elementary School, PE teacher Lisa Vreim will talk about Walk + Bike to School Day during her PE classes, along with the importance of daily exercise and healthy living.
Teachers have encouraged students to walk or bike to school on Wednesday — and Ms. Vreim will have prizes to share with those who do! From 7:25 to 7:50 a.m. she will be set up outside the main entrance at Howard Elementary, with a little table and balloons, handing out stickers to students that walk or bike to school. Larger prizes will be distributed on the following Monday after a drawing.
McCornack Elementary School, 1968 Brittany St.
McCornack will hold a special lunchtime celebration including healthy food and snacks.
Camas Ridge Elementary School, 1150 E. 29th Ave.,
Camas Ridge staff and families are celebrating the work going on for their new bike parking structure. They will have Bike-Blended Smoothies (yumm!!!) in the morning for walkers and bikers.
The Village School will be holding a morning and afternoon celebration with Bike Blended Smoothies and special prize drawings as well as a kick off for their weekly “Walking Wednesday” events!