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Spoke Talk: More fun ways to get to school

It’s that time of year again: The weather is warming up, and the sounds of songbirds announce the start of each new day. If you’ve been out and about at over the past couple of weeks on Friday mornings and afternoons, you’ve probably even seen quite a few little pedalers and pedestrians on their way to and from school. That’s because this year’s Hike and Bike to School Program has kicked off with ample opportunity to enjoy our fresh air here in Steamboat Springs.

If you missed the announcement for your little tyke, don’t worry; Hike and Bike to School days will be held every Friday, weather permitting, until we cap the end of the school year off with Bike Rodeos. If your student normally rides the bus, he or she can still participate by picking up a permission slip from school offices and returning it to the bus driver. Students will then get dropped at the high school to walk along Butcherknife Trail to Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools or Steamboat Springs Middle School. As in years past, key intersections will have volunteers and community service officers to ensure everyone gets to school safely and on time.

For families that don’t live within walking or biking distance of school, consider dropping your children off a mile from school and letting them walk or bike the rest of the way. It’s a good idea to walk or ride with your children for the first few days or be sure they stay with a buddy.

Research has shown that moderate exercise like walking or pedaling is not only good for the body, but also promotes brain development and learning. Fewer cars on the road means our kids get to enjoy a better environment over the long term, too. Not to mention that getting out for a stroll or a pedal is just plain fun as well. For more information about a safe route near your home and all sorts of other tips to stay safe, visit saferoutessteamboat.org.

And who doesn’t love getting to skip a few classes, or for that matter, a few hours at the office, to go ride bikes? Mark your calendars for this year’s Bike Rodeos on May 29 at Strawberry Park Elementary and June 5 at Soda Creek Elementary.

Parents, if you haven’t already, consider volunteering for the weekly Hike and Bike to School days or one of the Bike Rodeos coming up at the end of the school year. Check out steamboatbiketown.com/events for more information and to sign up to volunteer, or contact Steamboat’s Safe Routes to School coordinator Sally Cariveau at jonnsallyc@aol.com or 879-3446.

This spring’s Hike and Bike to School Program is put on by the Steamboat Springs School District and the Steamboat Bike Town, USA Initiative and is sponsored by the City of Steamboat Springs and Routt County Riders.

Tyler Goodman is executive director of the Steamboat Bike Town, USA Initiative

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