What an awesome collection of people, I thought to myself as I walked into Bryant Elementary School’s library. A huge “BIKE TO BRYANT” poster hung proudly on the back wall, to my left was a projector running a slideshow of kids and adults riding bikes in their neighborhoods, in front of me were two nearly-full sign-in sheets, and surrounding me was the hum and buzz of a room that can indicate only one thing: people with ideas are excited for something.
Representatives from SDOT and Feet First were on-hand to answer questions from over 40 people representing at least 14 different schools. The evening started off with coordinators from a few different schools sharing their past experiences with Bike to School Month, and they made a point to say what had worked well for them. There were quite a few people in the room representing schools that were, for the first time, participating in Bike to School events this year.
For me, on a personal level, it was a chance to finally put faces to names. I’ve been in email-contact with nearly 50 elementary school representatives, and this meeting gave me a chance to actually meet them. There’s only so much genuine excitement one can convey over an email compared to talking about things in person. I was amazing by how much “cowbell” people wanted to bring to their respective schools and couldn’t help but think about all the other schools out there that could still get involved.
Well done to Clint and Tim for getting this meeting organized! We can’t wait to get Bike to School Month rolling!
If your local school isn’t yet involved with Bike Month drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to get organized!