Monday, April 1, 2013

Wolfie's Bike Train article at NWF

How One Parent Made Biking a Priority for Fairfax County Public Schools is the title of a good article on the National Wildlife Federation Global Warming blog about FABB's Jeff Anderson and Wolfie's Bike Train that he leads:
Jeff has found that the bike train program also helps students become more physically fit. The route that the train follows takes students up a short, steep hill. When Jeff first started the bike train, some of the kids had to walk their bikes up the hill. Now he sees those same kids easily navigating the hill. In fact, some of them practice the hill so they don’t have to get off the bike in front of their friends.

Teachers report that biking helps prepare students for the day so that they are more ready to learn. They aren’t groggy, and biking to school gets their blood pumping and the chattiness out.
On a related note, the National Wildlife Federation office in Reston has had an informal bike sharing system for many years. In 2010 they won the Bicycle-Friendly Employer Challenge at Reston's Bike to Work Day

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