Walk & Roll to School Week Wrap Up
Looking back on last week’s events to promote safe and confident walking and biking to school.
Last week over 600 students across New Orleans took part in activities for Bike Easy’s Walk & Roll to School Week. The week-long event was held at eight schools as the culmination of comprehensive biking and walking safety training for physical education teachers.
Schools participating included:
- Alice M. Harte Charter
- Dolores T. Aaron Elementary
- Edward Hynes Elementary
- The International School of Louisiana
- Joseph Craig Elementary
- Lusher Charter Middle School
- Phillis Wheatley Community School
- Schaumburg Elementary
Bike Easy led bike rodeos, pedestrian & bicycle safety assemblies and discussions for students ranging from third to eighth grade. Walk & Roll to School activities encourage students to consider the benefits of walking and biking as a mode of transportation, meanwhile teaching skills for being safe and confident on the road. Schools also took the lead on their own activities to promote biking and walking to school. For example, Schaumberg Elementary students practiced a “walking school bus”, giving students the opportunity to experience what it feels like to walk to school.
Students embraced the opportunity to ride bicycles during the school day and were eager to show off their bike knowledge. Students who had gone through bike and pedestrian safety classes previously, took the lead to help demonstrate skills such as fitting a helmet and using hand signals.
The spirit of Walk & Roll continues this week, with an upcoming safety assembly at Joseph Craig and a bike rodeo for Alice M. Charter School’s Family Bike Night Thursday, October 26th.