Wednesday is National Bike to School Day

The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the League of American Bicyclists are behind the first-ever National Bike to School Day on May 9, 2012. There have been local and regional efforts in the past to celebrate a day of young people pedaling to school, but this is the first nationwide event. It's a spin off of Walk to School Day (that was every day of my K-12 experience...) and now the two share a webpage.

Even though most people know where their schools are (they get there all the other days of the year with or without a bike I hope), there is an Esri-powered interactive map to find and share routes to school. To do pretty much anything, you must create an account. I guess the idea is that responsible adults will add in crossing guards, hazards and the like.

This tool can be used to map the routes of daily walking and bicycling trips, special events, or walking school buses or bicycle trains.

You can:

  • enter school travel features such as crossing guards and traffic signals
  • draw detailed walking and biking routes to the school
  • add pick up time for walking school buses and bicycle trains

Share your routes in two ways: as a downloadable, printable file(PDF) or through a unique web address generated by Map-a-Route.

How to Map-a-Route:

  1. Create an account. Registered users can build maps and return to edit them at any time. Only the registered users can modify the routes they make.
  2. Build a route to school.
  3. Share it with parents, event partners, walking school bus leaders and other involved in walking and bicycling to school. There's no central search for routes because we want you to decide when you're ready to share your maps and how you want to share them.

I was disappointed that my high school (built circa 1970s) was not symbolized on the  basemap.  I wonder if any school buldings are?

- South City News

Published Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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