Walk & bike to school – even in winter

A Montana school has initiated a walk & bike to school program and they started it in January.

Alaska and New Hampshire also have active programs.

As an incentive at one of their elementary schools they installed Boltage which uses a Zap machine to track mileage when a student gets to school other than in a car. “The Zap is a solar-powered, wi-fi internet enabled machine that reads a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag that’s issued to participating students.”

Students accumulate days walked or biked and then receive small awards.

The school received a grant from their state’s “Safe Routes to School” program to fund the program.

What a great idea! It promotes alternative transportation, encourages a healthier lifestyle, and can be instrumental in working towards a more livable community.

Jan

 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ashley Jones on January 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I love this idea! Especially the part about dropping kids off together a few blocks from school. It’s a simple way to increase activity, relieve traffic congestion, and maybe even save time.

    PS- The link worked fine for me.

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  2. Great idea so far!!! The link dies so I don’t know how you gonna do this, but this is a practical way to raise the awareness of environmental issue and promote healthy lifestyle.

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