Routt County Riders supports the Steamboat Springs School District, the Safe Routes to School Initiative and Bike Town USA in helping to encourage Hike and Bike to School days and safe riding among our youth.
The Steamboat Springs Hike and Bike to School Program, which has been in existence since 2004, promotes hiking and biking to school once each week as part of a healthy lifestyle. An all-district effort, along with lots of parent volunteers, make this each-Friday-morning program special. Our hope is that kids and parents will learn how easy and beneficial hiking or biking to school can be, and that they will continue this effort throughout the week and even all year long.
Steamboat Springs is an outdoor centric, exercise crazy town, so it comes as no surprise that we’d be a part of this national initiative. Communities throughout the country have instigated similar programs. Why? It’s fun, it’s healthy, it promotes safety and it’s a community benefit. Physical exercise and exposure to nature is proven to stimulate the brain and get students ready to learn. Daily exercise is good for the body, and getting cars off the road is good for our environment.
We encourage families to use the Safe Routes to School map to plan the safest route to travel to school. The map can be found at www.saferoutessteamboat.org. The Safe Routes to School website features all sorts of other tips to stay safe.