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Event report: Walk+Bike to School Day

Posted by on October 5th, 2005 at 10:49 am

Walk and Bike to School Day!
Walk and Bike to School Day!
Walk and Bike to School Day!

This morning I rode down to Abernethy Elementary in SE Portland to take part in the Walk+Bike to School festivities. Something about kids on bikes always leaves me energized and this morning was no exception. Tons of giddy kids, their parents, various city dignitaries and the media showed up with smiles on to support this great program.

Big kudos to the guy behind it all, Robert Ping. He works on the Safe Routes to Schools program for the BTA and this is his big, showcase event.

I also got to meet State of Oregon Epidemiologist and local bike commuter Dr. Mel Kohn (shown here talking with the media). He knows a thing or two about the health benefits that come with biking and walking to school. Other folks that came to lend support of this program were the omnipresent Sam Adams, the City of Portland’s Dakota Inyoswan, and the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Nancy Hamilton.

It was great talking to the kids and seeing everyone so jazzed on riding and walking to school. The bike racks were bursting at the seams! Check out the rest of my photos…the kids are sure to add some sunshine to your day.

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  • Michael October 5, 2005 at 11:26 am

    I often walk along Division where I will see teenage students waiting for a bus. A while later a bus stops by me and drops them off after they only rode a few blocks. Why do they not walk? Who is paying for their micro bus rides?

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  • Jessica Roberts October 5, 2005 at 11:29 am

    Great pictures, Jonathan. Thanks for attending! I was at Rose City Park school, and it was really exciting to see all these kids walking and biking with parents. Everyone seemed really positive and energized, and I heard parents talking about organizing regular biking and walking school buses because they had such a good time.

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  • Robert Ping October 5, 2005 at 12:26 pm

    What a great turnout, and great photos Jonathan! And the weather held out after all…

    Abernethy kids rode and walked in droves, the media was there, everyone had fun it seemed. In fact, it seemd that nearly as many kids biked to school as walked; only in Portland!

    We will compile reports from schools around the state, and get some stories and quotes which we will post on the walknbike.org in the next couple of days.

    Thanks to all who walked, biked, skated, scootered, bladed, and unicycled to school (and work) today!!

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  • Andy O'Shea October 5, 2005 at 12:32 pm

    Those kids are way coooollll!

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  • [...] Yesterday was International Walk and Bike to School Day and 25 schools from all over Portland took part in the event. I caught up with some of the action at Sunnyside School in southeast Portland and just like last year I was thrilled and inspired to see so many kids walking and biking to school. [...]

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