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jopamora
04-21-2013, 07:50 PM
Just remembered about this event (http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/). Pretty sure our school doesn't have a bike rack.

Tim Kelley
04-22-2013, 08:40 AM
Here's what we're doing:

http://www.bikearlington.com/pages/biking-in-arlington/bike-to-school/bike-to-school-day/

If your school doesn't have a bike rack, please get in touch with the administration and let them know that you'd like to see a rack (or ideally, multiple racks) added!

Mikey
04-30-2013, 02:24 PM
Virginia now has 76 schools participating. 31 are from Arlington - congrats Tim and Company for getting so much participation!

My wife and I are leading the charge at Olde Creek Elementary in Farifax, County. If there is any one out there who will be just east of FFX City on May 8th at around 7 AM and have nothing to do (no Bike 2 School day of their own to attend), but want to get some extra miles in and want to inspire some cool kids let me know. I've scored donated coffee from Zaxby's (University Mall) for the volunteers so Coffee Club III at Olde Creek on Wednesday? ( We are about 6 miles south of the W&OD).

jopamora
04-30-2013, 03:04 PM
Tim, thanks for posting the link to the Bike Arlington Bike/Walk to School page. The bike train resources are great.

I am too lazy to make it a school wide thing this year. So, I am going to use my kids and a neighbor's kid as guinea pigs for next year. My only concerns are getting the bike train across 16th Ave, Georgia Ave and Colesville during rush hour. We've ridden some of the route on sidewalks a few times, but gonna take the lane.

If anyone needs kid safety vests, IKEA has em for cheap (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40200912/#/00200914).

Where can I get bike shaped pins?

dasgeh
04-30-2013, 03:04 PM
31 are from Arlington - congrats Tim and Company for getting so much participation!

31 -- isn't that all of APS (aside from the special programs)? Great job! Is there anything us lay people can do to support the effort?

Tim Kelley
04-30-2013, 03:11 PM
We've been busy! We'll keep you in the loop if we need volunteer greeters at any schools.

eminva
05-02-2013, 10:11 PM
Hello!

Sorry I haven't been more on top of this; been busy with non-cycling affairs lately.

So far, Fairfax County has 34 schools participating and our goal is 50. If you are a county parent, you can check the link in the first post above to see if your son or daughter's school is participating. If not, it is not too late to throw something together. See information on the website for last minute tips. If your child's school is participating but you don't see it listed, please register the school so it shows up on the website. Feel free to PM me for more info. Thanks!

It appears my kid is the only one in the convoy to Luther Jackson Middle School in the Merrifield area of Fairfax County. Anyone want to join us for the ride on Wednesday morning? I know Mike is offering coffee; if I have to up the ante I will. Pastries, too, at Pastry Xpo in Mosaic. Anyone care to join us? We can figure out a rendezvous spot and time if there is interest.

Thanks.

Liz

jopamora
05-06-2013, 10:58 AM
Grumble grumble, the weather forecast isn't looking favorable.

DismalScientist
05-06-2013, 11:15 AM
Grumble grumble, the weather forecast isn't looking favorable.

Rule #5 for the little kiddies.:rolleyes:

My kids' school has a May 15 rain date.

Dickie
05-06-2013, 11:35 AM
Hello!
It appears my kid is the only one in the convoy to Luther Jackson Middle School in the Merrifield area of Fairfax County. Anyone want to join us for the ride on Wednesday morning? I know Mike is offering coffee; if I have to up the ante I will. Pastries, too, at Pastry Xpo in Mosaic. Anyone care to join us? We can figure out a rendezvous spot and time if there is interest.

Thanks.

Liz

I'm so bummed, I would have certainly joined in, especially being in my "work hood". Unfortunately I am driving to Toronto that day and had planned on leaving at dawn... what time were you planning on riding?

Mikey
05-07-2013, 10:20 AM
Update,

Olde Creek E.S. in Fairfax is postponing our Bike to School Day festivities until June 12th because of weather. (We wanted to do it earlier but this was the only available morning in our little school's schedule.) It means though that you can do your own school tomorrow (and get wet) and still come out and support our little school in Fairfax on June 12. We will have Bananas, coffee, free swag, bagles and cream cheese, and other goodies. Let me know if you are interested.

consularrider
05-08-2013, 07:21 AM
Saw a couple of Swanson students participating in Walk your Bike to School day this morning. That hill climbing Patrick Henry over I-66 is tough for someone who doesn't ride much. ;) Washington-Lee postponed theirs until Friday because of today's weather forecast.

DismalScientist
05-08-2013, 08:11 AM
Arlington Traditional postponed until next Wednesday. Probably due to high humidity or something. The word did not get out and the turnout was about the same as a real bike to school day.

Greenbelt
05-08-2013, 08:26 AM
Turnout looked great in Brookland and on Capitol Hill. Lots of smiling kids!

eminva
05-08-2013, 09:24 AM
I'm so bummed, I would have certainly joined in, especially being in my "work hood". Unfortunately I am driving to Toronto that day and had planned on leaving at dawn... what time were you planning on riding?

Sorry I didn't see this, but thanks! Hope you got off to Toronto safely.

We did ride this morning -- will post photos a bit later. Rule 5, my kid.

Liz

jopamora
05-08-2013, 10:26 AM
Can't wait to take the kiddos for a treat for Bike Home From School this afternoon.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BJwJcQTCEAAkr5R.jpg

Vicegrip
05-08-2013, 10:58 AM
Listened to a BA Rep today on NPR report on bike walk to school day.

My kids school requires paperwork to be filled out and route approved before they can ride to school. Is this common?

DismalScientist
05-08-2013, 11:14 AM
My kids school requires paperwork to be filled out and route approved before they can ride to school. Is this common?

Is this even legal? Does the school have to approve of your kids' bedtimes as well?

eminva
05-08-2013, 11:21 AM
My kids school requires paperwork to be filled out and route approved before they can ride to school. Is this common?

I was asked to submit the route to the principal and the school officer beforehand. No paperwork, though. At our school, there are NO designated walkers; everyone is bussed, so they were a bit nervous.

Are you in Fairfax? If so, do you know Jeff Anderson of Safe Routes to School Fairfax? He might be interested to know this. Can you tell me the school, or send it via private message? Thanks.

Liz

Tim Kelley
05-08-2013, 11:52 AM
Bike to School in Arlington went well for the most part--some schools postponed until Friday, but the schools that BikeArlington helped out at had a great turnout!

Tim Kelley
05-08-2013, 12:13 PM
http://www.wtop.com/41/3314660/Parents-students-bike-side-by-side-to-school

dasgeh
05-08-2013, 12:42 PM
Listened to a BA Rep today on NPR report on bike walk to school day.

My kids school requires paperwork to be filled out and route approved before they can ride to school. Is this common?

Really? can you tell us the jurisdiction?

Vicegrip
05-08-2013, 04:32 PM
Fairfax County, Falls church area. Elementary school in this case, might not be the case for 7/8 and high school. I can see the school from my front yard so my kids walk every day. Riding might take longer than walking. There is a mom across the street that drives up and drops off her kids. :rolleyes: