This morning, my alarm went off earlier than usual, waking me up around the time I used to roll out of bed in high school to make it to first period. Which makes sense, since instead of going to the office today, I pedaled my way to Oakland Technical High School to spend the morning volunteering at Bike to School Day!
Bike to School (and Work) Day happens every year to encourage all forms of car-free transportation on wheels (whether it be bicycling, scootering, skateboarding, or rollerblading). Our award-winning Alameda County Safe Routes to School program works with principals, parents, and students all year to prepare for this big day in May. Today, Safe Routes staff and volunteers were at 126 participating schools, and as of 3:30 pm today, the numbers are in from 84 of them:
- 3065 students biked to school
- 500 students scootered
- 158 students rode a skateboard
That’s 3,723 rollers...and counting! A huge thanks to the Safe Routes team, the principals, teachers, parents, and students who volunteered to make this day so fun and successful. If you want to get involved with Bike to School Day next year, or learn more about Safe Routes to Schools, visit our website.
Here are some photos of Bike to School Day 2016 around the East Bay:
(Left) Oakland Tech HS student Aaron Mao helps pass out bags at the Energizer Station before 1st period.
(Right) Students at Rancho los Positas in Livermore celebrate their morning ride with some creative helmet decorating.
(Left) Parent champions and Vice President of the Fremont Unified School District Board of Education, Ann Crosbie, greet bicyclists at Parkmont Elementary School.
(Right) Commuter Joanie stopped by the Energizer Station on Broadway to pick up a bag on her way to Berkeley City College.
Want to get involved with Bike to School Day next year? Or just curious about Safe Routes to Schools? Check out our website for more information.