Denman Middle School Bike Club and Eco Club get ready to Bike & Roll to School from Excelsior Playground.
April 18-22 2016, San Francisco was host to the largest bike-to-school event in the country. At least 3,000 students rolled to school by bicycle, scooter, or skateboard, led by almost as many biking parents and teachers. Thousands more celebrated the day with active transportation in the form of walking or taking the city bus to school. Bike & Roll to School Week started in 2009 as just a single day at a handful of elementary schools. The event is now celebrated across the city for five days at 83 schools from pre-school through high school.
On April 19, over a hundred students congregated at the Bike, Walk & Roll to School Hub at Excelsior Playground to have a healthy snack and celebration before their bike, walk and roll to James Denman Middle School, Monroe Elementary, Cleveland Elementary and SF Community School. SF Community School’s middle school bike elective class led the bike train. Students, families and staff from these four neighborhood schools have been building the excitement for Bike & Roll to School Week in weekly Tuesday morning meet-ups since December.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition organized San Francisco’s Bike & Roll to School Week events as part of the SF Safe Routes to School Program with support from the Metta Fund. The Excelsior Bike, Walk & Roll Hub is an initiative of Excelsior Collaborative Community Action Grant. PODER’s bicis del pueblo program at SF Community is funded through the SF Parks Alliance.
Students check out the Yuba Spicy Curry e-bike, the prize for the Bike & Roll to School Week parent raffle.
Attention school organizers! Please fill out your event evaluations online or email along with Bike & Roll to School Day photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are 20 gift cards to be raffled off among the 83 participating organizers and schools. Organizers must turn in evaluations and parent sign–in forms by May 2 to be eligible for all raffles.
The online signup for the FREE parent raffle for the Yuba Spicy Curry family bike closes April 30. If you missed signing in at your school, sign up now!
All raffle winners will be notified in May.