Our first week on the Walk & Bike Challenge
The first five days of the Walk & Bike Challenge are done. Over 30 schools are signed up and I hear some school communities are starting out with a bang! The month of May also coincides with PDOT-promoted Bike to Work month, with events throughout May like guided beginner level rides, fun events with free food, and commuting workshops. The double motivation is working for us and - especially with the fair whether out last week - we are seeing so many more folks walking and biking.
With all this biking going on, it can be so daunting to start trying bike commuting, especially as a family. While we've tried to chronicle some of our own experiences with family biking, another great resource are upcoming workshops (remaining dates May 12 in SE, May 15 in Downtown, May 22 outer SE) "Getting Started in Family Bike Commuting."
Nervous about mounting a bicycle with little ones? Confused by all the options for carrying kids on bicycles? The BTA's Family Biking Commute Workshops discuss the common challenges that families face when considering bike commuting. They are also a place for seasoned bicyclists to learn more about commuting with kids and share what they know about commuting with new riders.
For our family, after such a loooooooong winter and lots of wet, we have been driving more than biking in past weeks. Last week, however, we were motivated by the Walk & Bike Challenge and here was our play-by-play for our famiy of four:
- Monday: we all biked
- Tuesday: we all drove
- Wednesday: one parent took the bus with one child; one parent biked with the other child
- Thursday: we all biked
- Friday: one parent biked with one child; one parent drove with the other child
How did you fare in the first week of the Walk & Bike Challenge? Did you find many other families participating? Is your school not signed up? You can still sign up here! What are some challenges that keeps you from walking, biking, or riding the bus to school?