While Wisconsin is under Safer at Home orders, walking and biking in your neighborhood is still encouraged for both essential travel and physical and mental wellness. The Wisconsin Bike Fed has re-tooled many of our Safe Routes to School program elements to include activities, videos, worksheets, individual guidance, and other ways for families, students, and school staff to practice safe and healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Wednesday May 6th was set to be National Bike to School Day. Instead children are at home and yet many families are riding more than ever. So today, or any day, take this time to teach and model safe riding skills, practice your route to school, parks, grocery store, or your favorite local restaurant for carry out, or even just up and down the streets in your community, on what we deem BIKE TO ANYWHERE DAY!

This week is also Teacher Appreciation Week, so if you do ride to school pack some chalk and write a nice message telling them you rode there and miss them. Maybe send them a picture of you with the chalk message! 

Bike Fed education staff have been hard at work creating a comprehensive tool kit for families to use to engage, not only your child, but the whole family in activities. This program is based off our in-person lesson plans we have fine tuned through the past 15 years of educating children. While portions are still under final stages of development we are happy to share the Walking Wisdom, Bike Zone-Learn to Ride, and Route Planning portions which are available right now. This Google presentation will be updated often so check back soon for more content and ideas. If something isn’t working or you want to share your stories, pictures, or anything else with us please email Michael Anderson.

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So get those tires pumped, the helmet strapped on properly, and get out and enjoy some spring riding. Where ever you ride please follow proper social distancing guidelines, avoid crowded locations, and bring your mask with you.

Usually I’d post pics from events we have been at this spring, but today you get some pictures of riding with my daughter in our neighborhood from the past year. Thanks friends and hope to see you all soon from 6 feet away!