More than 1,200 students from the eight Tigard-area elementary and middle schools showed their enthusiasm for active transportation by walking and rolling to school on October 4, 2017. Together, they celebrated International Walk and Bike to School Day for the fourth year in a row. Over 5,300 schools nationwide participated in the event. International Walk and Bike to School Day puts the spotlight on walking and rolling to school in order to get parents and students interesting in making it part of their daily routine.
Former Portland Timbers midfielder Jack Jewsbury and Tigard City Councilor John Goodhouse joined parent volunteers in walking school buses to Mary Woodward Elementary School.
Tigard City Council President Jason Snider and State Representative Margaret Doherty walked with students from one of the walking school bus meeting points near Durham Elementary. The group was also joined by several officers from the Tigard Police Department’s bicycle patrol.
Metzger Elementary principal Todd Farris led a bike train for students to ride to school together.
The Golden Sneaker Award for elementary schools was awarded to Templeton Elementary School. Templeton gave students who bus to school a “walking experience” by temporarily moving the bus drop-off location to Twality Middle. Although these walkers weren’t counted toward the school’s winning total of over 44% participation, the students were able to walk around the track before starting their school day.
Fowler Middle School won the Golden Sneaker Award for middle schools, with 18% participation. Students from Mr. Harvey’s Leadership Class volunteered to make signs for the event in the weeks leading up to October 4. On the morning of the event, students showed up early to distribute prizes to students who walked or rolled to school. The school’s bike racks, in addition to extra racks brought in by the city, were full. Mr. Harvey’s students had fun promoting the event with handmade signs along Tiedeman Avenue and Walnut Street.The Golden Sneaker Award for May 2018 will be awarded to the school with the largest increase in participation from October 4, 2017.
Many members of the community contributed to the success of the event by volunteering at the schools and chaperoning walking schools buses and bike trains. The event was coordinated by the city’s Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program and the participating Tigard-area public schools. Support provided by Metro and the Federal Transit Administration.
» Photos of the October 4, 2017 event