Walk & Roll to School Week is underway!

Posted by Anneka on May 12, 2015 in Advocacy, Bicycle Safety , Events

Join an event at a participating school!

Bike Easy is launching our first-ever Walk & Roll to School Week this week, May 9-15!

The week is a celebration of our in-school education programs, in partnership with Tulane Prevention Research Center, to teach 4th and 5th graders the basics of bicycling and walking safety.

Each of the 10 schools is participating in a fun event this week – and we look forward to watching this grow into the future! Here’s a snapshot of what we have accomplished so far:

Family Kickoff Fest – May 9

The Walk & Roll Kickoff started at Wilson Charter School with a youth bike rodeo and practice courses, a mechanics station hosted by NOLA Women on Bikes, helmet giveaway station, and NOPD bike registration.

We were also joined by 30+ youth riders from Biking For A Better Life, who rode from Gentilly to join us!

Led by Doc Griggs and Councilmember Cantrell, we made a pit stop at Taylor Park after passing Sylvanie Williams College Prep, a Walk & Roll participating school.

The ride ended with a Family Festival at Keller Library with food, music, hula-hooping, Mother’s Day card making, and other fun activities! The grand prize, 20” fire engine red BMX bike, went to Jared, who rode over with the group from Biking For A Better Life.

Thanks to all participants, riders and partners who made Saturday’s Walk & Roll to School Kickoff Fest a huge success. Special thanks to Andrew H Wilson Charter School, New Orleans College Prep, Tulane University Prevention Research Center, Council District B, NOPD, NOLA Women on Bikes, Doc Griggs, Fit NOLA and all our wonderful volunteers.

Walk & Roll to Phillis Wheatley Community School – May 11

We started off the week with a Walking School Bus at Phillis Wheatley community school, a Walk & Roll participating school. Bike Easy, in partnership with the Tulane University Prevention Research Center, celebrated walkers by handing out pedometers, patch kits, activity books, orange slices, juice, and granola bars.

Approximately 15 walkers passed us on Orleans & N Miro and they were greeted with smiles, accolades, and free swag! Staff from Wheatley, the Friends of Lafitte Corridor, and Sojourner Truth Community Center joined us in celebrating active transportation. Special thanks to Rachel Marks from Phillis Wheatley Community School for all her coordination efforts throughout the school year!

Walk and Roll Continues this Week!

We are looking forward to other fun events this week with participating schools – including more walking school bus events, breakfast for bikers and walkers, and an after-school bike scavenger hunt!

Want more information about how to bring Walk & Roll programs to your school? Contact our education staff – Anneka (at) bikeeasy.org and Virginia (at) bikeeasy.org. See you on the road!

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