Safe Routes To School
What is Safe Routes to School?
The mission of the Takoma Safe Routes to School program is to make it safe for students to walk and bike to school. The program serves students and families at Takoma Park, Piney Branch, Rolling Terrace, and East Silver Spring Elementary Schools, and Takoma Park Middle School. A Safe Routes to School grant from the State of Maryland funds the program, in part.
To learn more about any of the following programs, contact the Safe Routes to School Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Takoma Park Safe Routes to School 5K Challenge
The TKPK5K is a fun, family-oriented community event that features a series of races including a 5k (run or walk), a 1-mile fun run and 1/4 mile youth run. Proceeds from the event fund health, fitness and bike and pedestrian safety activities at five local schools: Takoma Park Elementary, Piney Branch Elementary, East Silver Spring Elementary, Rolling Terrace Elementary and Takoma Park Middle.
TKPK5K is all about safety, health and fitness. While you are making efforts to stay fit, please remember to follow all recommended guidelines to stay healthy and safe.
The TKPK5K is usually held the first Sunday in May each year. The Race Committee continues to monitor the situation and hopes to plan an event as soon as it it safe to do so.
Bike to School Day
Students celebrate Bike to School Day by riding to school with their peers, teachers and guests on the first Wednesday in May. In Takoma Park, some schools ask students to meet remotely and ride to school together. Other schools ask students to ride to school then meet up with other riders to enjoy snacks, swag and learn about safety and helmet fitting.
Stay tuned for information on plans for Bike to School Day 2021!
iCan Bike Camp
Takoma Park Safe Routes to School iCan Bike Camp is designed to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike and become lifelong independent riders! The camp is open to 30 Maryland residents between 8 and 14 years of age who are invited to attend the camp for free.
Sixty volunteers are needed to assist the riders and provide encouragement and motivation. Volunteers must be 15 and over and agree to come to the same session every day of camp. They are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for a briefing, so the total commitment is 90 minutes a day. Volunteering at the camp is Montgomery County SSL approved.
Visit iCan Shine for additional information.