Portland Public Schools Promote Biking and Walking to School | Schools
Two Portland public schools - Lyseth Elementary School and Lincoln Middle School - have received mini-grants to support walk and bike to school activities. The grants come from the federally funded Maine Safe Routes to School program just in time for May Bike & Walk to School Month.
Lyseth will hold a Bike Rodeo on April 27 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by the Lyseth Parent Teacher Association, the Safe Routes to School program and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.
Lyseth also will participate in Bike to School Day on May 8. The Lyseth PTA will provide matching funds to cover the cost of a bike rack for the school, with additional funds from the mini-grant.
Lincoln will encourage students to walk and bike to school during the week of May 6. The Stevens Avenue school will have a banner in front of its building promoting bicycling and walking, and students will receive incentives for participating. The school also is considering ideas such as having students track their mileage on foot and bicycle.
Two other Portland public schools - East End Community School and Reiche Community School - are piloting Walking School Bus programs this spring. The programs begin today (April 24). Trained adult leaders follow a route of up to one mile, picking up children along the way at designated stops.
The Walking School Bus program is a national model that enables children to walk safely to school on a regular basis. The program gives students physical exercise and time outdoors, and it helps to reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.