Transportation Planning Board

Bicycle & Walking

For youth & families

BICYCLING

Biking to school can be a great transportation option for children.  Sometimes parents start a Bike Train which is just like a walking school bus but on bikes. However, before kids set out by bike they should understand how and where to bike safely.  The Bike Madison page has great tips for parents on teaching their children to bike, bike safety classes for children and more.  In addition many local communities offer bike rodeos and other bike education so check with your community to find out what might be available.

 Bike to School Day – May 8, 2013 is National Bike to School Day.  Encourage your school to get on board and plan an event. Find out more and get resources to plan your event at the Bike to School Day website.

Wheels for Winners – This local non-profit refurbishes and recycles used bicycles and presents them youth who do 15 hours of community volunteer service or read and report on five books.  They serve all of Dane County and are operated by volunteers.

Ride the Drive – Ride the Drive is a community event that turns Madison’s signature streets into a public promenade that is open to bikers, walkers, rollerbladers, and those out to share in the experience and fun atmosphere. These popular events have drawn over 20,000 families, friends, and recreation enthusiasts each.  The free event draws thousands of people to ride, walk and skate on the route, enjoy live music, food, and participate in various activities, and fun stopping points along the way.

Scooters and Skateboards

Scooters and skateboards are popular and people of all ages use them as easy ways to get around town for short distance trips.  Just remember that city and state rules prohibit the riding of skateboards and scooters in the road except when crossing in the crosswalk and city ordinance prohibits skateboards on the sidewalk in a business district.

 

Safe Routes to School

Some area schools are starting Safe Routes to School programs to encourage children to walk and bike to school. The programs are aimed at improving traffic safety for walking and biking, getting kids more active, improving air quality near schools, and teaching kids how to walk and bike safely.  These programs also try to make walking and biking fun.  Find out more about the Madison Metropolitan School District Safe Routes to School program and schools with Dane County Schools Traffic Safety Plans.  Find out how to start a Safe Routes to School program at your school in the Wisconsin Safe Routes to School Toolkit.

WALKING

Walking to school is an inexpensive and healthy way for children to get to school, the park, the swimming pool and their friend’s house.  However, make sure your kids know safe walking skills.  The National Center for Safe Routes to School has developed a guide for parents and caregivers teaching children how to walk safely.


Walking School Bus: A walking school bus is just kids walking to school together with an adult volunteer. Many parent’s schedules don’t allow them time to walk to school with their children every day but they aren’t yet comfortable allowing their children to walk on their own.  A walking school bus can solve the problem.  All it takes is some interested parents or even grandparents willing to commit to sharing the walk. Talk to other parents at your school and in your neighborhood and see if there is interest.  Find out more about starting a Walking School Bus in the online guide

Walk to School Day – October 3, 2012 is International Walk to School Day. Many local schools participate in the event to get children and parents excited about the idea of walking to school.  You can get resources for planning an event and register your participation at the Walk to School Day website.