Bike it day is coming up again for Santa Monica schools, and I received the following release about it. I'm going to just post it up in full to get the word out about this event. The one I attended at Samohi a little while back [photos] was pretty amazing and inspiring to see. So many kids came into school by bike or walking, and the student volunteers had boundless enthusiasm as they cheered for bike commuters like they were MVP's. Events like this give me some hope for the future. Which is something I feel I really need more of after immersing myself in a lot of the recent news concerning the environment and resource depletion around the globe, which can get quite depressing at times. So cheers to the kids, and to all the parents, city staff, and others who help make it happen.
BIKE IT! : STUDENTS THINKING GLOBALLY, ACTING LOCALLY
SANTA MONICA, CA, MAY 23, 2011: In an effort to reduce our school’s carbon footprint, the Samohi Solar Alliance started Bike It Day three years ago. On Bike It Day, SSA challenges the students of the Santa Monica School District to “leave the car at home”, and seek other methods of transportation to and from school. Biking, walking, skateboarding, and taking the bus are all encouraged. The most recent Bike It Days saw huge results. What began with less than 100 participants only at the high school saw 3,300 participants across the whole district, more than 30% of the total enrollment. Of that number, 700 students biked to school.
Since Bike It Day’s inception four years ago, the number of people who bike to school every day has increased to the point where we need more bike racks to accommodate the huge numbers. Upwards of 120 people bike every day to school, whereas four years ago, the racks were sparsely filled with twenty bikes - on a good day. Bike It Day has proved to be extremely beneficial to our community, bringing together all the schools, parents, students, administration, and local businesses in an effort to combat global warming, one bike at a time.
Bike It! Day makes a comeback on Wednesday, June 1st. This event will not only be at Samohi; efforts have recently expanded involving numerous schools within the district. With much support from various active PTA members and faculty, Bike It! has spread to middle school and elementary school level. SSA has recently worked closely with the SMASH Bike Club, working to help with community publicity and awareness. As for students who cannot ride a bike, alternative forms such as walking and riding the bus to school are promoted.
On a more personal note, sophmore Chelsea Brandwein, an active member of SSA described her experience of Bike It! at Samohi: “I became a member of SSA in my freshman year, lured in by the plethora of signs around campus that read: Kiss my SSA. Since then, I have been an active participant in the club, assisting with all Bike It Days, the most recent Club Day, and publicizing events. Bike It Day is a very special celebration because it is one of the few environmental events at Samohi where everyone comes together for a common cause. Even school administrators participate, ditching their formal uniforms for a day to don bike shorts. Bike It Day is inspiring-- it reminds us not to take Mother Earth for granted.”
So please join SSA and the rest of the Samohi community to celebrate the reduction of our carbon footprints as we bike, bus, scooter, skateboard, and walk to school. There will be many photo opportunities as students arrive to school (beginning at 8:30) and at lunch (beginning at 12:06) there will be a celebration in the school's Science Quad where members of SSA will pass out refreshing popsicles to participants. Hope to see you there!
Websites that include more information:
Santa Monica High School Solar Alliance