Stephanie Leonard

Safe Routes season in review

It is hard to believe that our fall Safe Routes to School season has already come to a close. What a success the last few months have been!

This season our Safe Routes educational programming was spearheaded by two fantastic educators.

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Lilly
Lilly Miller

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Adam
Adam Segal

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Both Adam and Lilly bring incredible passion and enthusiasm to teaching. For Adam, “the best part is seeing new learners who are starting to ride a bike for the first time. There is this amazing moment when the student finally realizes they are riding, and they are overflowing with fear and joy. It’s awesome to be a part of that moment.”

Fall season at a glance

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Season highlights

photo 4Idalia School District: The district purchased a fleet of balance bikes for kindergartners to use during recess. On Walk to School Day, Idalia School organized a remote drop-off, in which 163 students walked to school together.

Adams 50: Tennyson Knolls P.E. teacher Helen Dillman was so enthused by Safe Routes that she and the wellness coordinator collaborated to leverage funds for a rotating bike fleet for the district.IMG_1961 Over two sessions at Ranum Middle School, 300+ students learned how to change a flat tire, map a safe route and master traffic and bicycle handling skills.

Adams 14: The district is in the process of purchasing bike repair stations and small bike fleets for Monaco and Dupont Elementary schools.

Buena Vista: Safe Routes funds were used to establish a bicycle library at Avery-Parsons Elementary. Students will be able to check out bicycles to ride around the community.

Jefferson County: A walk audit was completed around Lumberg Elementary to brainstorm infrastructure enhancements for students walking to school.

The lasting impact

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From 3,117 students across the state (and Bicycle Colorado), thanks for all you do to support the Safe Routes to School program! If your child loved Safe Routes (or if you want to bring the program to your child’s school), please share it with us in the comments.[/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Stephanie Leonard

About the Author: Stephanie Leonard

Stephanie oversees the expanding education department, which includes Safe Routes to School, Bike School and multi-modal transportation programs. As a Surly bike commuter, she enjoys seeing Coloradans get excited about bicycling for transportation. Steph can be found hiking, skiing or climbing across the state every chance that she gets.

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