Monday, May 11, 2015

EFES Bike to School Day is May 15, 2015

Ride your bike to school!
Parents encouraged to ride along!
Refreshments for all riders!
Raffle prizes!!

Why Bike to School?

Bike to School Day is one of the first steps to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and and not so young. Here are some reasons to support bicycling to school:

Walking and bicycling bring a sense of joy and independence.
The trip to school is a chance for children (and adults!) to get the physical activity they need.
Replacing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can reduce congestion and air-polluting emissions.
Building sidewalks and bike lanes, providing education programs and adding traffic calming measures are some of the ways to improve safety. Encouraging walking and bicycling to school can help build support for infrastructure improvements in the broader community.
Reducing traffic congestion, boosting a sense of community, and improving neighborhood connections benefit the community. Ride with family and friends, and consider organizing a neighborhood bike train or meeting place.

Once at the school, all riders will enjoy a light breakfast of pastries, fruit, juice, and coffee before starting the school day. Anyone who rides, either from Menauhant Beach or elsewhere, will be eligible for prizes such as t-shirts, helmets, bicycle lights, and other cool bike related items. 

Sponsored by:
Bike Falmouth
Corner Cycle (support your local bike shop)
Safe Routes to School and MassBike
Falmouth Bike Lab
East Falmouth PTO

May is Bike Month!

Calendar of Events:

*  All month- RIDE. SCAN. EARN. When you ride your bike or walk to school use your Hub card to track your progress. The Hub is a digital card reader that collects data on students and staff that walk or bike to school. To get a Hub card simply ride or walk to school and Mr. Hauptmann will give you a card. Students and staff who use their HUB card will be eligible for prizes throughout the month! 

*  May 8th – 4th Grade Bike Safety Training from 1:30-3:30pm. A representative from MassBikes and Safe Routes to School will train all 4th grade students about bicycle safety. We will also be having our Bike Parade after school (see back of this flyer for more information). Get your helmet checked and pick up some safety gear. Helmet give-aways and other prizes! 

*  May 15th – East Falmouth Elementary Bike to School Day! Ride your bike to school with your family and be eligible for fun prizes! We are encouraging family members to ride with all students. This year we will NOT be meeting at the beach as in the past so plan accordingly if you wish to participate. Consider organizing a neighborhood bike train or meeting place. Pastries, fruit, and drinks will be available at the school upon arrival. Important: Please let your classroom teacher know what your dismissal plan is (parent-pickup, bike home, bus, etc.). All children must wear a helmet. Bikes may be parked in the courtyard. 

*  May 22- Lawrence School Bike to School Day!

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:

YouTube Video on The Hub:

Contact Us:

Jay Hauptmann
4th Grade Teacher, East Falmouth Elementary School

Heather Fortune
Advocacy Coordinator, Saris Cycling Group
Saris Cycling Group
5253 Verona Road
Madison, WI 53711