It’s back-to-school time and we’re highlighting how our Bicycle Friendly America awardees and other partners in making biking better are gearing up to get students and their parents driving less and biking more to school and around their communities.
Did you know schools can be designated Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFBs)? In fact, there are 13 schools currently in the BFB program, ranging from elementary to middle to high school, as well as private or independent K-12 schools. (Universities and colleges are awarded through our Bicycle Friendly University program!) Meet Thaden School, an independent school in Bentonville, Arkansas, which educates 6th through 12th graders and was recently promoted to Gold-level status in our Spring 2022 round of BFB awards.
Bicycles are a powerful tool for empowering and engaging youth and we love to see schools putting cycling on the curriculum! Thaden offers bike education year-round through its “Wheels” program where students learn how to ride bikes, work on bikes, design bikes, and, eventually, how to fabricate their own bicycles and bicycle accessories. Students also learn how to ride in a variety of styles and environments, including… (more)