Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 18 of 18
  1. #1
    Dirt Bomb sknhgy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    2,597
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    How do I start a Bike to School Day?

    I teach high school in a small rural Illinois community. The culture around here is big trucks, 4-wheelers, etc. None of the kids currently ride bikes to school. It's not cool.
    I'm thinking of asking the administration to grant an extra 15 minutes for lunch to any student who bikes to school on a chosen day. Extra lunchtime is a reward given for various reasons throughout the year. I've mentioned this to some of my underclassmen and they are all for the idea. I'm trying to get these kids interested in bike riding.
    Any other suggestions? Is there a national bike to school day?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Montreal
    My Bikes
    Peugeot Hybrid, Minelli Hybrid
    Posts
    6,521
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think you first have to promote the thinking that bikes are cool. Start them playing bike polo, make up polo bikes with single handlebar, from charity store bikes. You only need a small number of bikes as they can be used by multiple riders as the riders are rotated on and off the field. Then use the core of your bike polo team to promote riding to school and not just for a day.

  3. #3
    Senior Member chandltp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Erie, PA
    My Bikes
    Bacchetta Giro 20, Trek 7000, old Huffy MTB, and a few others
    Posts
    1,566
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Good luck.. schools in my area specifically prohibit it. They feel it's a liability issue. I can't image what it would be if the actually *encouraged* it and someone got hurt.
    There are 10 types of people, those that understand binary and those that don't.

  4. #4
    Senior Member rumrunn6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    25 miles northwest of Boston
    My Bikes
    Bottecchia Sprint
    Posts
    12,476
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    hmmm ... good idea but if anyone ever got hurt could you ever forgive yourself?

    after graduating high school I found out that my favorite science teacher had organized a senior student science trip. most kids got their via a school sanctioned vehicle, I forget if it was a van or a bus. however he permitted some to travel by their own car and there was a fatal car accident, killing one or more of his students. he was devesataded and resigned. I don't know what he ever did after he left that school. he was a great guy and even though the accident wasn't his fault, I'm sure I know why he felt so badly.
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

  5. #5
    Senior Member dingster1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Germantown, MD
    My Bikes
    '07 Trek 7.2 Fx; '07 Fuji Newest 3.0
    Posts
    395
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Perhaps, (hoping your district doesn't restrict like Chandltp) you could spin it off of BIKE TO WORK WEEK/DAY, using that Friday. You could get your local bike coalition/stores to donate swag and offer the 1st 25 riders a bag. Just a thought

  6. #6
    Senior Member gcottay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Green Valley AZ
    My Bikes
    Trice Q; Volae Century; TT 3.4
    Posts
    3,772
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you have an active student council and/or parent group I suggest starting there.
    George
    Laissez les bon temps rouler

  7. #7
    LCI #1853
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Scott. Arkansas
    My Bikes
    Trek Madone 5.2, Fisher Caliber 29er, Orbea Onix
    Posts
    666
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Question #1: Is your school (or school district) involved in the national Safe Routes to School program? (see http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/saferoutes/ for a wide variety of links and points of contact).

    May is also National Bike Month. Here's a brochure on organizing and encouraging "bike to work days" that can in many cases translate directly to "bike to school day." http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/b...onth_guide.pdf

  8. #8
    Senior Member sggoodri's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Cary, NC
    My Bikes
    1983 Trek, 2001 Lemond, 2000 Gary Fisher
    Posts
    3,068
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Do you or any of the other teachers live close enough to bike to school yourselves? Start there, and lead by example. Challenge the phys ed staff to match you.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    329
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    cycling is too dangerous for children

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Montreal
    My Bikes
    Peugeot Hybrid, Minelli Hybrid
    Posts
    6,521
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by larry_llama View Post
    cycling is too dangerous for children
    Not as dangerous as riding in a car. The chance of being killed in a car per hr of travel is 3 times as high as for a bicycle. Allowing for average speed of car being twice that of a bicycle, travel by car is 50% more dangerous.

  11. #11
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Schools in my area prohibit it too because the streets here are not conducive for bike riding. You have to inspect if the school zone is safe for kids first before you even start to promote this.

  12. #12
    commuter
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    San Diego, California
    My Bikes
    5 Colnago, 2 Olmo, Bianchi, 4 Austro-Daimler, Merlin, Fisher Tandem, John Waite track tandem, Schwinns, Steyrs, Bill Holland Ti path racer, Chinese prototype FS
    Posts
    445
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Good luck. In San Diego the perception is that cycling is more dangerous than football, which statistically doesn't add up. Having said that, Southern California finally has its own intramural high school MTB league, and kids from schools in poor neighborhoods are being allowed to train at the velodrome once a week.

    When I grew up back in the Middle Ages loads of kids rode their bikes to school. The bike racks were always full. Now it's just the opposite. Some schools even go so far as to forbid students from riding to school. The solution is universal traffic calming in neighborhoods. Parents wouldn't have to be so overprotective that kids miss out on one of the great pleasures and rites of passage of growing up.

    Kids need to learn early on that the universe can be a dangerous place. It's not safe out here. A bloody nose or some road rash is a great way to learn what not to do.

  13. #13
    Senior Member Keith99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    5,808
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by sknhgy View Post
    I teach high school in a small rural Illinois community. The culture around here is big trucks, 4-wheelers, etc. None of the kids currently ride bikes to school. It's not cool.
    I'm thinking of asking the administration to grant an extra 15 minutes for lunch to any student who bikes to school on a chosen day. Extra lunchtime is a reward given for various reasons throughout the year. I've mentioned this to some of my underclassmen and they are all for the idea. I'm trying to get these kids interested in bike riding.
    Any other suggestions? Is there a national bike to school day?
    I liked the previous suggestion to lead by example.

    High School is different from elementry school. These are young adults, not children. Good. Facilities may be lacking. They do need somewhere to lock the bikes and there may not be any.

    It looks like you have done some major groundwork, you have a group that is all for it. That is what I'd consider the hard part thinking of my High School back in the dark ages.

    My one big piece of advice is talk to school administration and get approval before doing anything more. If there are problems with approval it is better to work it out slowly, behind the scenes than in the spotlight where problems can lead to a flat out NO and no forever.

    Relative to the reat of yuor students you might want to point out what tough guys some of the top cyclists in history have been. In the 1975 TDF Merckx competed with a broken cheekbone. Fausto Coppi suffered over 20 broken bones during his career. Tough as any football player.

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Leeds UK
    Posts
    1,919
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by larry_llama View Post
    cycling is too dangerous for children
    And your evidence is?

    What I find bizarre is society's acceptance of this argument. If the local swimming pool was infested with adults who dived in on top of kids without looking, pushed them to one side or under water while swimming, elbowed them/kicked them, etc., would parents say, "Sorry kids, swimming is too dangerous for kids, you might be drowned because of the way adults behave"?

    Or would there be an almighty furore in the local media about irresponsible adults and a crackdown on such behaviour?

    Do the same thing in a car and everyone accepts that there's nowt' you can do.

    It's not cycling which is dangerous for kids, but being hit by motor vehicles. Get the definition wrong and you can't find a solution.

    Which is the more civilised society, the Dutch/Danish model which prioritises children's right to cycle safely to school or the anglo-saxon one which regards the safe exercise of their right to ride to school as an imposition on the rights of drivers?

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    225
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by larry_llama View Post
    cycling is too dangerous for children
    Please tell me you're being sarcastic?

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Sun Valley, Nevada
    My Bikes
    88 GT All-Terra Timberline w/Biopace 43 crankset and new Shimano 7 spd cassette. No suspension but the tires and my limbs<g>
    Posts
    249
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I second PsyclePath's suggestion. I am waiting to get with one of our school district's police officers who is starting to implement the Bicycle Train program, which is part of the Safe Routes to School program mentioned. So I would start with the school district's safety officers or police officers, if they have it.

    I thought there was a Bike to School Day component of the National Bike Month and Week. As for your being in high school, the Bicycle Train is for elementary and middle schoolers, so you should be able to encourage something like that for high school students.

    Good Luck and keep us posted as to what happens,

    Leo H.
    Sun Valley, NV

  17. #17
    LCI #1853
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Scott. Arkansas
    My Bikes
    Trek Madone 5.2, Fisher Caliber 29er, Orbea Onix
    Posts
    666
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Safe Routes to School currently covers kindergarten through middle school (8th grade). There's a bill pending (H.R. 4021) to extend the benefits to high schools, and the transportation authorization act would increase funding and also expand it to high schools.

    At high school level currently, forming a bike club, possibly under the auspices of the PE department would be a good start. Or pair up with a local bike club or advocacy group for organization, some traffic skills training, and encouragement by getting students to ride together in groups.. whether to the park, to the movies, or ro a ball game or something... There's many ways to skin that cat...

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Leeds UK
    Posts
    1,919
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    See if you can get a copy of the Sprockids programme from British Columbia - www.sprockids.com for more info.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •