The Bike Train is a variation on the Walking School Bus, in which adults supervise students riding their bikes to school.
Bike Trains have sprouted up all over Portland this last year with over 1,000 students participating in the Fall of 2010. Much of the credit to this runaway success goes to Kiel Johnson, a volunteer with Safe Routes to School, who has started Bike Trains at seven schools across the city.
In fact the city of Portland officially supports this movement and helps with it. In fact, Portland hosted Rochester, New York kids recently and kids taught the other kids and adults how it is done.
Seven curious 6th graders from Rochester, New York, were in town this week to learn how Portland kids bike and board to school. They were here as part of an official civic delegation, chosen by the Rochester Bike Coordinator to investigate how to make their own city more bike friendly, especially for kids!
Now more and more communities are doing this. April 1, 2013 Start a bike train in your neighborhood
More and more communities are encouraging active transportation, such as walking and biking to school, as a way to reverse the trend of childhood obesity. “Bike trains” offer an active, social and healthy way for children to get to school – and it’s FUN too!