There are many benefits of hopping on a bicycle: fresh air, exercise, and more energy when you reach your destination. Bike to School Week runs May 31 to June 4. It is an annual initiative by HUB Cycling, a non-profit organization that aims to get more people on two wheels more frequently. Schools track students’ active trips, report back to HUB Cycling and become eligible for prizes. Students at more than 24 schools throughout the District choose to participate in travel by bicycle or another form of active transportation, such as walking or riding a scooter.
Many schools embrace this opportunity each year, and 2021 is no exception. This is the third Bike to School Week in a row for Queen Elizabeth Annex. “Many of our students already bike, walk or roll to school every day,” explains Mark Cormack, vice-principal of the school. “But with this event, students, families and staff alike can be reminded of how beneficial not using a car can be for one’s health and the environment. Also, it’s fun and feels great!” Cormack also shares the event builds community and spirit.
At Douglas Elementary, Grade 7 students and teachers take the lead on organization for the week. They set up posters around the school to track the participation of each class. Brandon Morishita, principal of Douglas Elementary, says there is lots of interest in cycling among the school community, and notes some classes recently participated in a week-long bicycle safety program. “We have a high number of students who ride to school every day. We also have many members on staff who ride to school every day, myself included,” he adds.
The District hopes students enjoyed the week as they experienced active travel and its many positive impacts.
Learn more about Bike to School Week.