Margaux Mennesson is the Communications for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and is a great friend of the BTA! Enjoy this guest blog post from Margaux as she helps spread the word about the Walk+Bike Challenge and Fire Up Your Feet! Thanks, Margaux! -LAF
Walk+Bike school coordinators make Oregon’s walk and bike to school movement one of the strongest in the country. Now, the BTA, Walk+Bike, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership want your help to take the movement to the next level. It’s time to engage even more parents and school staff in active transportation and physical activity in daily life.
How? We are partnering on a new nationwide program called Fire Up Your Feet.
Fire Up Your Feet empowers individuals (students, parents, teachers, and school staff) to sign up and track their daily activity online as part of Oregon’s May Activity Challenge. The online activity tracker is easy to use and fun. As a coordinator, that means YOU save time on collecting trip counts and logging trips for everyone at your school – all while helping to build momentum among more families for walking and biking to school.
The schools in Oregon with the most participation are eligible to earn Challenge Awards of up to $1,000 to use to improve physical activity opportunities at school. Winning schools might choose to install more bike racks, improve playground equipment, or host a Fun Run or walking event – it’s up to you!
So coordinators, go sign up at fireupyourfeet.org!
Every school that signs up on either website (walknbike.org or fireupyourfeet.org) is eligible to receive the incentive box of prizes from the BTA and to earn Challenge Awards at the end of the month of May.