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Bike Twitter’s (or soon Bike Tooter?) tips for helping kids bike to school

Why bike to school? There’s something special about biking to school and watching your child wave to friends as they near the front gates.  If you’re just starting out, for Bike to School day (in Alameda County, it’s Walk and Roll to School Day), or because you want to take climate action and make sure your kid(s) get exercise, here are some reasons why biking to school is great: Builds community and friendships Lets kids have fun riding with friends – bikes make people smile! Promotes better air quality & a lower carbon footprint Reduces the number of cars on the road Gets Kids and adults healthy physical activity Saves money on fuel Allows kids to be independent As easy as riding a bike Biking to school is an easy habit to build.  This guide is a big one not […]

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How to start a Bike Bus (or Bike Train) to help kids bike to school

What is a Bike Bus / Bike Train? A bike train (or Bike Bus, as it has recently been named) is a group of students and parents or volunteers who ride to school together, kind of like a carpool, but for people on bikes.  Some great things about Bike Buses / Trains include: Parents can share transportation responsibilities Reduce congestion around school by reducing the number of cars on the road Encourage healthy physical habits Build community A regular schedule helps get students to school on time Creates joy and independence She provided me with a bunch of resources, including this helpful step-by-step toolkit. We regularly rode to school before starting this activity.  With the help of Oakland’s Slow Streets, we’d already been able to realize some of the above benefits.  We’d see familiar faces on bike or on foot […]

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