Building a SRTS Bike Brigade: Tips on Getting Started and Spreading the Success

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 1:00 pm EDT

When most people think of Safe Routes to School, walking is the first thing that comes to mind.  However, cycling is another healthy, fun, and efficient way for children to travel to and from school and is a growing part of Safe Routes to School Programs across the country. Developing ways to encourage people to bike to school is a crucial component of expanding the reach of these Programs. By including bicycling in our Safe Routes to School toolkits we are able to potentially reach those living further away from their school.

In this 60 minute webinar, we will discuss two successful Bike Train/Bike Brigade programs and provide insight into how you can replicate their success within your own SRTS programs.


  • Lauren Marchetti, Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School
  • Kiel Johnson, Founder of Bike Train PDX
  • Gina Overshiner, Bike Program Manager, PedNet Coalition, Columbia, Missouri

Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, will  begin the presentation with  a brief introduction and discussion of National Bike to School Day. Kiel Johnson, founder of Bike Train PDX, will share invaluable tips on how to get a bike train running from the ground up.  Kiel helped organize a successful bike train from Beach School in Portland, Oregon.   Using that as a model, Kiel has spread bike trains to schools throughout the City.  And finally, Gina Overshiner, Bike Program Manager for PedNet Coalition in Columbia Missouri, will discuss how she built a Middle School Bike Brigade which rides every day, in conjunction with a school Bike Club and Bicycle Safety Education classes.  Gina will be joined by one of the seventh-grade girls, who bikes to school daily.

This webinar is part of the Safe Routes to School Webinar Series, developed by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and America Walks.

For more information please contact Michelle Gulley.

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