The forecast called for thunderstorms and colder than normal temps for this time of year, but don’t tell that to the more than 500 kids who biked or walked to school Tuesday at three Milwaukee Public Schools. Fernwood Montessori, Maryland Ave Montessori, and Fairview Charter all held celebrations yesterday supporting Bike and Walk to School Day. This proves that when schools support and encourage active transportation with some simple promotions, kids respond!
You can watch the Fox 6 Milwaukee story here, and read our school updates below.
Fernwood Montessori ( BayView): Another successful event today at Fernwood in Bay View. Over 75 bikes locked up along the fences shows the need for increased bike parking options.
Maryland Ave Montessori (Eastside): A bike train leaving from Riverwest’s Gordon Park led by our Program Director Jessica Binder was a big hit! A second Bike Train from Murray Hill Neighborhood had 20 riders! They will do it every Wednesday for the rest of the month, so join in if you can! Over 90 students and adults rode bikes today and over 30 joined a Walking School Bus all from various locations around the neighborhood. Good thing the school’s PTO used some money to increase the bike parking this season!
Fariview Charter (Jackson Park): Over 150 kids biked or walked this morning and were welcomed by the school’s cheer team doing some special cheers. Both bike racks the school has were full!
All three of these schools also won cash awards in the Fall 2013 Fire Up Your Feet Challenge and are looking to compete again for prizes in the Spring Challenge going on now. If your school is interested in programs or has questions on how it can support more walking and biking contact Jake Newborn, Youth Education Program Manager, Jake.Newborn@WisconsinBikeFed.org 414-431-1798 x11