Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lawrence School Bike-to-School Day!

The Lawrence School Bike-to-School Day is this Friday, May 23! Students, parents, and staff can meet Mr. Porto at Trunk River or Mr. Hauptmann at Old Dock Road in West Falmouth. Both rides will start around 7:15am. Once at Lawrence, all riders will enjoy a light breakfast of pastries, fruit, juice, and coffee before starting the school day. Anyone who rides to school on Friday will be eligible for prizes such as t-shorts, helmets, blinky lights, and gift cards. Don't forget your helmet!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2014 Bike-to-School Days

May is Bike Month and Falmouth is celebrating in many ways. This year there will be two bike-to-school days! The first ever Lawrence School ride is on May 23rd, and the third annual East Falmouth Elementary School day is on the 30th. Come ride with us!

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Hub comes to EFES



 

The health benefits of biking to school are well documented, but getting kids and adults to bike on a regular basis continues to be a challenge. That is where an inventive program like The Hub, which collects data and awards prizes for changing habits, is so important.

This past Fall, Corner Cycle and the Saris Cycling Group of Madison, Wisconsin purchased The Hub for the East Falmouth Elementary School. We are the first school in all of New England to use The Hub to collect data on active commuting and to offer an incentive program for students and staff who walk or bike to school.

The Hub is a digital card reader that collects data on students and staff that walk or bike to school. A small cohort of students and staff have been piloting the program since October, and the plan is to get more of the EFES community involved this Spring.

The Hub is a hardware and software package that makes it simple, educational, and effective to implement a walking and biking incentive program for schools and businesses. Used as a system, these tools make it a piece of cake to administer a custom incentive program and the friendly competition gives ample encouragement for individuals to get out and ride.

Here’s how it works: RIDE. SCAN. EARN.

Step 1: Ride
When the rider arrives, they simply scan their "card" by the tracker to have their trip recorded.

Step 2: Scan

The tracker transmits the data securely to a website that tabulates the rider’s trips.

Step 3: Earn

The website shows commuting statistics for each person, sub-group (classroom or department) and the group as a whole. Each group creates their own method of rewards. The East Falmouth Elementary School has teamed up with Bike Falmouth, Corner Cycle, the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, and Cape Cod 5 Bank to offer incentives such as t-shirts, bike lights, bells, helmets, and other bike related prizes. Friendly competition is encouraged- nothing is better than class or grade level rivalry to spark motivation.

We would love to see other schools and organizations (WHOI, Falmouth Hospital, etc.) purchase The Hub and start to encourage active commuting. Saris has a commitment to cycling advocacy and has proven that they are willing to work with the Falmouth Schools.

More information on The Hub:
http://thehub.saris.com/TheHub/

YouTube Video on The Hub:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYyOU5bUBZY

Contact Us:

Jay Hauptmann
4th Grade Teacher, East Falmouth Elementary School

Heather Fortune
Advocacy Coordinator, Saris Cycling Group
hfortune@saris.com
608-729-6147
Saris Cycling Group
5253 Verona Road
Madison, WI 53711

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Help EFES Win a Bike Corral

Help me win some much needed bicycle parking for the East Falmouth Elementary School. We have a growing number of bike commuters, but no designated bicycle parking. Our school is one of eight organizations in the running for a Saris bike corral. Voting continues until midnight tomorrow (May 30th), so use the link below and LIKE the Saris page first, then click on the Bike Corral Contest photo. EFES is listed as one of the finalists. We are currently in 2nd place, but only by a couple of votes. You can only vote once so share the page with your friends once you have voted. Thank you!

https://www.facebook.com/SarisCycleRacks/app_354826614578707

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Yesterday There Were More Bikes Than Cars at EFES



If you additional photos of yesterday's Bike-to-School Day please email them to jhauptmann@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

EFES Bike-to-School Day!

The East Falmouth Elementary School Bike-to-School Day was a huge success! It was hard to get an exact count, but we had approximately 140 kids and 75 adult riders! A huge "Thank You" to all the volunteers who helped make this happen!

Join us next Friday, May 25 for Morse Pond's Bike-to-School Day!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

It's On Like Donkey Kong!

See you all tomorrow at 8:00am, and don't forget your helmet. Once you get to school, look for one of our "Bike Ambassadors" and get your raffle tickets for some great prizes to be given away later in the morning! Bike helmets, Skully blinky lights, t-shirts, stickers, and more!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

EFES and MP Bike-to-School Dates

May is Bike-to-Work and School Month and the Bay State Bike Week is May 14-20. The East Falmouth Elementary School is celebrating Bike-to-School Month on Friday, May 18. That day, Mr. Hauptmann (4th grade teacher), along with other teachers and volunteers, will bike to school with students from Menauhant Beach. Parents and guardians are encouraged to ride with their child. Mr. Hauptmann will meet students at the beach at 8:00am and lead a “bike train” up Davisville Road to the school. To ensure rider safety, volunteers will ride ahead of the bike train to make sure all major intersections are safe to cross. Students who live along Davisville Road can join the bike train as it passes their street. Once at the school, all riders will enjoy a light breakfast (provided by Pie in the Sky and the East Falmouth Elementary School PTO) of pastries, fruit, juice, and coffee before starting their day. Anyone who rides that day, either from Menauhant Beach or elsewhere, will be eligible for prizes such as t-shirts, helmets, bicycle lights, and other cool bike related items. At the end of the day we will ride back to the beach, where students can meet their parents at approximately 4:00pm. Residents of the Davisville Road area are encouraged to stand out in their front yards before and after school to cheer on all of the riders.
 
The Morse Pond School (grades 5 and 6) is planning a Bike-to-School Day on Friday, May 25. Students can meet fellow riders at Trunk River, Old Dock Road, or the Green Pond Yacht Club at 7:15am and ride to school with teachers and other volunteers. Once at the school, all riders will enjoy a light breakfast provided by Pie in the Sky and the Morse Pond School PTO.

Both of these fun events are presented by Bike Falmouth, in partnership with MassBikes.
 
The second way students and teachers are celebrating Bike-to-School Month is an incentive program that rewards students and teachers who commute to school by bike. Students who ride their bikes to school are eligible for prizes.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

EFES Bike-to-School Day 2012


Have you ever thought about riding your bike to school? Bay State Bike Week is May 14-20, and the East Falmouth Elementary School is celebrating Bike-to-School Month on Friday, May 18. That day, Mr. Hauptmann (4th grade teacher), along with other teachers and volunteers, will bike to school with students from Menauhant Beach. Parents and guardians are encouraged to join us. Mr. Hauptmann will meet students at the beach at 8:00am and lead a “bike train” up Davisville Road to the school. To ensure rider safety, volunteers will ride ahead of the bike train to stop traffic at all major intersections. Students who live along Davisville Road can join the bike train as it passes their street. Once at the school, all riders will enjoy a light breakfast of pastries, fruit, juice, and coffee before starting their day. Anyone who rides that day, either from Menauhant Beach or elsewhere, will be eligible for prizes such as t-shirts, helmets, bicycle lights, and other cool bike related items. At the end of the day we will ride back to the beach, where students can meet their parents at approximately 4:00pm. This fun event is presented by Bike Falmouth, in partnership with MassBikes.

If you would like to volunteer, either by riding with us on Bike-to-School Day, or assisting with the breakfast at the school, please email Mr. Hauptmann at jhauptmann@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

The second way we are celebrating Bike-to-School Month is an incentive program that rewards students and teachers who commute to school by bike. If you ride your bike to school anytime during the month of May, let Mr. Hauptmann know, and he will give you a prize. The more you ride, the more prizes you will receive.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bay State Bike Week is May 14-20

Details about East Falmouth School and Morse Pond School's Bike-to-School Day rides coming soon. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Ride The Divide Movie Trailer from Ride The Divide on Vimeo.

Bike Falmouth is trying to raise enough money to buy new bike racks for the East Falmouth School. I'm considering hosting a screening of Ride The Divide, which is an award-winning film about a 2700 mile long mountain bike race along the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains. Anyone know any venues in Woods Hole or Falmouth that might be able to seat 100-200 people? Anyone want to help me try to pull thing thing off?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Commuter Profile

I would like to start profiling some of the Falmouth students (and teachers) who are commuting to school by bike. If you would like to be included, please answer the following questions and email them to me at jhauptmann@falmouth.k12.ma.us. It would be great if you could include a picture (with your bike) also. Thanks!

How long have you been a bike commuter?
Why did you start riding your bike to school (or work) and how long is your commute?
How does bike commuting help you with your lifestyle (school, economics, health, relationships)?
What grade are you in (or what do you do for a living) and in what city do you bike commute?
What kind(s) of bike do you have?
Any funny or interesting commuting story that you may want to share?
What do people (peers, friends, coworkers) say when you tell them that you are a bike commuter?
Anything else that you want to share with us?

Disclaimer: I have to give credit for the questions (with a few minor changes) to http://www.bikecommuters.com, who are a great resource for bike commuting.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Back to School

It's a new school year, and a great time to start new habits. How about riding your bike to school? Start slow, maybe just one day a week, then possibly work up to more. Once you do it you will realize that it's not that difficult, and you will feel great!

We will be continuing our bike-to-school incentive program at Morse Pond, and look for new things to happen at the East Falmouth School this year. It it going to be a great year!

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Numbers

The end of the school year means the Morse Pond Bike-to-School Challenge had to come to an end. From March 1 until June 20 I kept track of every student who rode their bike to school. By early May we had a core group of five to ten kids who were riding almost everyday. The top seven students rode a total of 1252 miles, which is approximately the distance between Cape Cod and Colorado. Below are the final statistics for those top students (for privacy I am only using their initials). Well done!

MS
71 days, 256 miles

NM
55 days, 220 miles

QT
40 days, 160 miles

DL
39 days, 156 miles

JM
12 days, 96 miles

TO
13 days, 182 miles

ZO
13 days, 182 miles

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bike-to-School Day 2011

Photo Credit: Elise Hugus, Falmouth Enterprise



After four days of rain, I wasn't even sure we would be able pull off Bike-to-School Day. I really wanted our event to coincide with the second annual Bay State Bike Week and National Bike-to-Work Week, so I spent the week watching the weather radars and keeping my fingers crossed that we would have a dry day on Friday. Plans were made, volunteers were rounded up, food was donated by Pie in the Sky in Woods Hole, prizes were donated by Eight Cousins and others, and Friday finally came around. As I made my way down the bike path I could see glimpses of the sun trying to break through the early morning fog that blanketed Vineyard Sound. I really had no idea how many students and parents would meet me at Trunk River, the rain the past four days seemed to suck the motivation out of a lot of folks. Much to my surprise, when I arrived at 7:15am, there were already about 10 kids waiting for me., and by the time we rolled out at 7:40, I counted about 30 kids. Eight other teachers met kids at various spots around Falmouth, and as we rode towards Morse Pond, Lynne called me, saying their group had just arrived to school with more than 20 kids! At that point, I knew that we blew away my original goal of 30 riders. Leading our group of 40+ riders into the Morse Pond circle is a memory that I will never forget. By the time we arrived, there was already a crowd gathered, and the front of the school was a sea of bikes! Words really can't describe the way I felt about everyone who rallied and came out to support us!



Ok, so here are the total numbers... 85 students and 25 adult riders! Thanks to the members of the Falmouth Bikeways Committee and MassBikes for donating prizes and helping with stopping traffic at all the major intersections. I think everyone had fun, and hopefully a few more people might realize that they don't have to drive every day. All it takes is doing it once.











Photo Credits: Andrea Schwamb (except where noted)

Friday, May 20, 2011

It's On!

Just in case you were wondering. A little foggy at 5:00am, but it looks like the rain is going to hold off. Don't forget your helmet.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Watching the Weather

Needless to say, it hasn't been the greatest weather for Bike-to-Work Week so far. My ride in yesterday was semi-dry, but I got soaked on the way home today. Wednesday looks to be the worst of the week, which is fine by me. Friday is what counts, and so far I say we are going to be okay. The forecast calls for some light showers, but NOT during the morning or afternoon commute hours. We can handle that.

For those of you just joining us, here is the plan:
This Friday, May 20, we are planning to get as many students together and ride our bikes to school. The plan is to meet up at the Trunk River Bridge (on the bike path to Woods Hole) at 7:30am and ride the bike path to downtown. From downtown our rolling party will make our way to Morse Pond, we should get to school sometime around 8:00am. Other teachers are meeting up with kids in West and North Falmouth and riding in together. Once everyone arrives at school, we will enjoy some baked goods and hot coffee (for the adults) donated by Pie in the Sky, then we will start our regular school day. Everyone who rides will receive raffle tickets for our prize-giveaway, which will take place right after school. We are giving away gifts cards to local book stores, Bike Falmouth t-shirts, as well as iTunes and movie theater passes.

The other thing we have done is created an incentive program to try and get families to change their habits and start biking to school instead of driving or taking a bus. A fun and simple way for children to exercise is to bicycle to school. Children who do a moderate amount of outdoor exercise before school feel less stressed, are more ready to learn, and feel better about themselves. Students who ride their bikes to school are helping the environment by using human power instead of fossil fuels, and are making a healthier choice.

So I created this blog, and with the help of the Morse Pond PTO and others, we are providing incentives for our students to ride their bikes to school. Volunteers track students arriving at Morse Pond each morning and we are going to give prizes at the end of the school year. Categories include, but are not limited to; the greatest number of days the student rides to school, greatest distance traveled to school, or a combination of both. The grand prize will include an iPod Touch and two second place cash prizes of $100 each. Other prizes may include Bike Falmouth t-shirts, iTunes gift certificates, movie passes, bicycle helmets, etc. Every student who rides a minimum of ten days will receive either a prize or recognition of some sort (certificate, t-shirt, etc.). Since starting the incentive program back in April, we now have 5-10 students riding almost everyday. Pretty cool, but I know we can do better.

See you on Friday!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Volunteers Needed

Welcome to Bay State Bike Week 2011!

Many of you have been asking me about a rain date for our Bike-to-School Day this Friday. I'm not scheduling a rain date, as long as it is not pouring we will be riding. I'm being optimistic and am going to say that it will be a great day! If you are not planning on riding, but still want to participate, I am in need of 2-3 volunteers who can get to Morse Pond between 7:30 and 7:45am, to help set up a couple of tables and banners, as well as set out the food and make sure the coffee is hot. I would like to have everything ready to go by 8:00am. If you want to help out, leave a comment below. Thanks!

Here are some other planned bike-related events that are happening on the Cape this week:

Tuesday, May 17 @ 8:15am- Barnstable: West Barnstable/Barnstable Group Bike Ride

Wednesday, May 18 @ 6:30am- Falmouth: Bike-to-Work Day, 10:00am- Hyannis: "Getting To and Through Cape Cod" Transit-Oriented Map Kick-Off

Thursday, May 19 @ 5:45pm- Hyannis: Cape Cod Cycling Club/MassBike Ride, 6:00pm- Chatham: Bike Movie Night

Friday, May 20 @ Falmouth: Morse Pond School Bike-to-School Day

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bikes Make Life Better

Bike-to-Work (and School) Day is Friday, May 20

The plan is to meet up at the Trunk River Bridge (on the bike path) at 7:30am and ride the bike path to downtown. From downtown our rolling party will make our way to Morse Pond, we should get to school sometime around 8:00am. Other teachers are meeting up with kids in West and East Falmouth and riding in together. Once everyone arrives at school, we will enjoy some tasty pastries and hot coffee (for the adults), then start our day. Everyone who rides will receive raffle tickets for our prize-giveaway, which will take place right after school. Thanks to Eight Cousins who donated a nice prize bag today! We should have some iTunes gift cards and other cool bike related stuff to give away as well. I'm still looking for donations of food and prizes, so if you want to donate something, drop me a message below or talk to me at school. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

It's a Start


I know, it's only six bikes, not a big deal for somewhere like Portland or Boulder, but this is Falmouth, and it's a start.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bike Falmouth Logo


Graphic design by Curtis Waterbury.

Bike Falmouth T-Shirt Designs




Graphic design by Curtis Waterbury.

What's Possible

Portland's Bike Boulevards Become Neighborhood Greenways from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

“Get paid to ride your bike to school!”

Bike Falmouth presents Morse Pond School Bike-to-School Incentive Contest:

A fun and simple way for children to exercise is to bicycle to school. According to the National Library of Medicine, children who do a moderate amount of outdoor exercise before school feel less stressed, are more ready to learn, and feel better about themselves. Students who ride their bikes to school are helping the environment by using human power instead of fossil fuels, and are making a healthier choice.

Bike Falmouth, with the help of the Morse Pond PTO, is providing incentives to ride a bicycle to school. Volunteers will track students arriving at MPS each morning and give prizes at the end of the school year. Categories will include, but are not limited to; the greatest number of days the student rides to school, greatest distance traveled to school, or a combination of both. Every student will be eligible to participate.

The prizes will be desirable to 5th and 6th graders. The grand prize will include an iPod Touch and two second place cash prizes of $100 each. Other prizes may include Bike Falmouth t-shirts, gift certificates, movie passes, sports team memorabilia, bicycle helmets, etc. Every student who rides a minimum of ten days will receive either a prize or recognition of some sort (certificate, t-shirt, etc.).

Timeframe: Beginning in April of 2011, and prizes awarded the last week of school in June.

National Bike-to-Work (and School) Week is scheduled from May 16-20, and Bike-to-Work (School) Day is on Friday, May 20. We would like to invite all of the Morse Pond community to ride to school on May 20, enjoy some yummy refreshments, and celebrate Bike-to-Work Day.

Safest route to Morse Pond School: From Dillingham Avenue, take the town owned dirt path next to the Senior Center. This path connects to the lower field behind the school. Safe and secure bike racks are located outside of the cafeteria. Don’t forget your lock and helmet!