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Start Planning Your Bike to School Day Now!

Image of brain activity after sitting and after walking.May 8 is National Bike and Walk to School Day! But you don't have to follow the crowd: any day that is convenient for your school will be beneficial. Start planning now to have a Bike and Walk to School Day before the end of the school year!

Not sure where to start? We have you covered! Download the BikeTexas Safe Routes to School Event Manual, which gives parents, teachers, and youth community workers the tools and resources to organize several types of bike and walking events for their school, neighborhood or community.

The handbook provides step by step instructions to guide you in planning a successful day! In addition to Bike and Walk to School Day, there are how-tos for other bike and walk events: Bike/Walk Rodeo, Kids Fun Race, Neighborhood Walk and Roll, and making a Bike/Walk event into a fund raiser.

Walking or riding to school can help children reach the recommended level of sixty minutes of physical activity per day. Research also shows that physical activity contributes to a child's academic achievement and mental health (picture at right is from this research article).

A school's first Bike and Walk to School Day could be the jump start that students and their parents need when they realize that walking or biking is a great way to start the day. If more students walk or bike, there can also be a reduction in traffic congestion at the school, resulting in calmer drop-off and pickup times and increased safety for all students, teachers, and parents who travel to and from school.

Mapping out routes for the day can be beneficial for all students for Bike and Walk day and for the days after the event. City planning officials can identify locations that need some attention with crossing guards, marking crosswalks, sidewalk improvements, or crossing lights.

The Event Handbook was designed to share with your PTA leaders so they can assist a school in putting on fun and active events. The section on how to have events be a way to raise funds will be helpful in many ways. Download your Event Handbook today and have a GREAT Bike and Walk to School Day!


Fifth Grade National Poster Contest 2013

A school winner from the 2011 contest.The annual Fifth Grade National Poster Contest is underway! BikeTexas encourages you and your schools to get your fifth graders' creativity flowing by making a poster about this year's theme, "Bikes Make Life Better." Each school may submit one winning poster to the Texas contest.

The winner of the Texas contest will receive a bicycle, a helmet, and a light, and go on to the national contest for a chance at a trip to Washington, DC in 2014. The 2012 National Contest winner, Isabell Gehrt from Iowa, was in D.C. this week for the National Bike Summit. We would love to see a Texan on the stage next year! (Read more about Isabell at the Summit here.) The national winner's school will receive bike parking for 20 bikes and a bike/walk system called The Hub, which makes it easy to add an incentive system for cycling and walking to school.

The second place winner in the Texas contest wins a helmet and a light, and the third-place winner will receive a helmet.

All entries must be postmarked by April 1. Submit your entry to:

ATTN: Poster Contest
1902 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

Each entry must have a complete permission slip attached. Download the permission slip here.

See the complete list of rules here.  

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please pass this information along to anyone who might be interested. We look forward to seeing your posters!


BikeTexas KidsKup at Mellow Johnny's Classic

6 & Under, ready to roll at Mellow Johnny's KidsKup.BikeTexas headed out on a beautiful Saturday morning for the short drive to Dripping Springs for the Mellow Johnny's KidsKup. The "big kid" races were already in full swing as we arrived and set up for another fun event. The course was marked and ready to go, and there was no keeping the kids from pre-riding and enjoying the challenge of navigating loose sand and rocks with their bikes.

The KidsKup race was scheduled a little early this week, to sync up with the pro women's race. Parents and kids were able to watch the pro women start before heading to the KidsKup start line for a safety talk, a check of brakes and air, and then the serious part of the day: Racing!

An enthusiastic crowd of parents, friends, and excited older siblings cheered on all the racers, from two-year-olds up to 12-year-olds. In all, 30 happy racers left with a medal and a sense of accomplishment, and maybe a new friend or two.

Don't miss out on the KidsKup fun! We still have six races to go in our spring series. Visit the BikeTexas KidsKup schedule for dates, times, and links to more event information!


Education Events in Mesquite and Waco

Mesquite Teacher Training 2013BikeTexas trained more SafeCyclist teachers and put on a KidsKup event in one whirlwind weekend.

The first stop was Mesquite ISD, where 45 physical education teachers and assistants came together to learn the SafeCyclist curriculum to produce more savvy young cyclists in Mesquite. Susan Henderson, Physical Education and Health Coordinator for Mesquite ISD, arranged for the training day.

From Mesquite, BikeTexas traveled to Waco for The Waco Race KidsKup. About 20 kids came out with their bikes and enthusiasm to participate in the race.


The Waco Race KidsKup














Successful BikeTexas KidsKup at STORM Hill Country Challenge

Happy racers after the Hill Country Challenge KidsKupAfter a beautiful drive through the hill coutry to the Flat Rock Creek Ranch, the KidsKup Express (aka BikeTexas) arrived. After a gracious welcome at the ranch, they set up the KidsKup Race Booth, drawing an eager audience of young riders. After all of the kids had registered, the race course was opened for them to start their pre-riding.

A great crowd of parents were in attendance and showing their support for all of the kids racing. This race was drew in several first-time racers (and their parents!) and many declared, “We will be back!”

A total of 39 kids aged two up through twelve raced on Saturday. The youngest category had nine riders, most on balance bikes. Needless to say the audience had a blast also, with everyone cheering very loud for all the racers and for the parents following the little ones. Every race brought loud cheers from the parents and other participants watching. At the races progressed to the older riders, the races became more competitive, and excitement grew with every race.

After all the races were over and the participants received their medals they were treated to a raffle. Some happy riders went home with a new bike bell or a helmet. Again the KidsKup was a resounding success. But we’re not done yet—there are still seven races to come this spring! Be sure to check the BikeTexas website or Facebook for the dates and times for the next race.


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