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Bike to School Day is May 7 – have you registered your school?

BTSD_2inch_ColorHealth and Wellness teams, Safe Routes to School committees, and cycling enthusiasts, have you registered your school for Bike to School Day?

The big day is Wednesday, May 7. Register your school here (for goodies from DC’s Department of Transportation) and plan your event or help plan a joint school event at Lincoln Park!

How can you help? Easy!

  • Reach out to your favorite bike-friendly group or business to solicit healthy breakfast snacks for kids, coffee for adults, reusable bags to distribute goodies at the Lincoln Park pit stop (Vigilante Coffee, Pound, Port City Java, Whole Foods, Georgetown Sports, Medstar Georgetown, DC Water, The Daily Rider, Bicycle Space, and Clif Kids have all supported us in the past)
  • Write a small grant request (from Capitol Hill Community Foundation, who always generously support us) to fund snack purchase and National Parks and Rec permit
  • Bring folding tables to Lincoln Park to set up give aways, snacks
  • Reach out to your favorite bike-friendly group, personality, local celebrity to say a few encouraging words at the event, and to help launch bike trains to school (Gabriella Boston, Capitol Hill Martial Arts & Fitness Academy, Eazy 8/Kathy Pugh, CM Tommy Wells, the Long-Short Walk, National Center for Safe Routes to School, and DC’s Dept of Transportation have supported us in the past)
  • Score useful swag for the kiddos (reflectors, bells, water bottles) to hand out
  • Arrange for local safety groups like MPD, DCFD to participate
  • Coordinate and lead bike trains to your schools
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY – get the word out to your school communities, local media and community groups to make sure they participate, and join in the fun!

Contact us at chpspo at gmail dot com to volunteer.

Brush up on your bike safety skills and sure you and your family attend Kidical Mass DC’s ABCs of Family Biking on May 3, 11-2 @ Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan (215 G Street, NE).

Letter to DDoT Advocating for Bicycle Master Plan

Michael Goodno, Bicycle Program Specialist
District Department of Transportation
55 M Street, SE, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20003

October 18, 2011

Dear Mr. Goodno,
As members of the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO), we are writing to express our enthusiastic support of the District of Columbia’s (DC) commitment to providing creative, sustainable, and altogether green transportation options for the residents of DC.
CHPSPO is made up of PTA members, principals and interested community members from the elementary and middle schools on Capitol Hill.  CHPSPO’s mission is to promote cooperation among the parent organizations of the public schools on Capitol Hill in order to improve the education received by all children attending our schools. Among our endeavors, we pursue a number of efforts to make our schools and community healthy, safe and environmentally conscious. As an example of our commitment to supporting a ‘green community’, representatives from our schools coordinated our annual Walk and Bike to School Day celebration at Lincoln Park, which drew over 300 participants from local schools.
It has come to our attention that there are several bicycle lanes under consideration for Ward 6, which would help to create safe routes to our schools. We support the DDoT Bicycle Master Plan and ask for your support in implementing these proposed lanes with urgency. We look to DDoT to consider safe bicycle routes leading to schools and routes that work safely for families residing in and outside of Ward 6.
Each year, our school populations grow in number and we hope to encourage our families to commit to choosing bicycles or walking to get to schools. In order for this to take hold, we need to ensure our families and community have safe routes for cyclists and pedestrians to transit.
Our community meets monthly and we invite you to join us to further discuss this.
We look forward to your support in this matter and thank you for your time and attention.
Sincerely,

The members of CHPSPO

Click here: CHPSPO Bicycle Lanes to see original letter and signatures.