Walk + Bike to School Challenge month is upon us! That wonderful time of year when the bicycle commuters of Portland become a little bit evangelical and try to recruit new members to the faith. Come one, come all, join hordes of transcendent individuals who commute to school and work with no traffic, easy, plentiful parking options, cardiovascular health, fresh air, and stress reduction. Say good bye to road rage, carbon foot print guilt, and the cost of feeding your fossil fuel guzzling beast! Feel the righteousness coarse through your veins! And, in the month of May, win prizes to boot!
- If you live within 6 miles of TIS and own a kid-equipped bike, and haven't biked to school yet, I challenge you to ride to school at least four times during the month of May. I'm saying four since it might take a couple of trips to get the kinks out, and if you do it twice kink free, you will get hooked.
- If you already bike or walk to school, I challenge you to increase the number of trips by 10-20% for the month of May.
- If biking from home isn’t an option for you, how about driving to some place less than a mile a way from school and then biking or walking the rest of the way? There is plenty of parking on the East side of the Tillicum bridge, for example, and then you can walk or ride across that beautiful bridge. A "partial" ride is better than no ride, and still counts for your tally.
Pick up a scorecard at any front desk (Hilltop, Stearns, ECC) and fill out the number of trips you make May 1-31. If you also walk or bike home after school, please indicate that on your scorecard. You get double points for doing the round-trip.
At the end of the month, we’ll be handing out prizes - Everyone who participates gets swag! Kids get shwag, and adults get a choice of a bottle of wine or some large bottles of premium beer! This will allow us to have a bike and a walk category winner, with the family that makes the most people powered commutes in May getting to choose between the beer or wine.
BIKE PARADE! On Monday May 1st, we’ll meet up at the Salmon Street Springs fountain area to form a massive, unstoppable bike brigade parade to school with swag for all riders. Please get there between 7:35 and 7:40. Celebrate International Workers day by leaving your bourgeois automobile at home!
ALSO: The "safe routes to school" fairies will be visiting the bicycles of good little children that day to leave goodies. If you use a tandem or tagalong and it doesnt stay at school, the fairies will also be leaving goodies for pick up at the Stearns Hall office.
I look forward to seeing you May 1st, if not before, on your bike. Please e-mail me with any questions - please put "Bike challenge" in the subject header!
Cheers, Chris Ginocchio (Lila's dad, 3rd grade Chinese) - email@example.com