Friends of Pathways is proud to bring you the Go By Bike School Challenge. With funding from the Teton County Recreation District and the WYDOT Safe Routes to School Program, the School Challenge allows students and teachers to log miles they bike, walk or roll to school and other activities. Safe Routes programs can improve safety not just for children, but for a community of pedestrians and bicyclists. They provide opportunities for people to become more physically active and to rely less on their cars.(SRTS, 2009)
Based on our incredibly successful summer program, Go By Bike, students in grades Kindergarten through 12th will be able to compete against classmates, by grade level or by school all the while having fun exercising, lowering their impact on the environment and saving money (for themselves or their parents!). "Close to 400 adults participated in the Go By Bike summer commuter challenge. It was a great way to keep track of miles, compete against friends and meet personal goals. The School Challenge will help motivate kids to actively get themselves to school; cutting down on traffic and increasing physical activity", said Stephanie Thomas, Friends of Pathways Development and Communications Director.
Registered participants will be eligible for prizes from Friends of Pathways each quarter. In addition, reducing time students and teachers spend in the car will have the following positive impacts:
For more information or to sign up for your free account, go to http://schoolchallenge.friendsofpathways.org. We're looking forward to a great school year of walking, riding and rolling to school.