Clint Loper, irrepressible bike to school advocate, dies

Clint bikes to school with daughter Berkeley

Clint bikes to school with daughter Berkeley

Bike2Bryant mourns the loss of Clint Loper, who passed away on May 18. One of the parent founders of Bike2Bryant, Clint was instrumental in growing a culture of walking and biking to Bryant. He could often be found by the bike racks before school, hatching plans with other parents and amiably encouraging the kids. To get a sense for how far things have come, read his post about what Bryant was like in 2004, when his eldest started kindergarten.

Clint as the Bryant Bike Wizard

Clint as the Bryant Bike Wizard

Two weeks ago, Clint emailed to say that it had made his day to see all the Bryant students in the neighborhood pedaling toward our Bike to School Day meetup at Top Pot. Bike2Bryant will strive to keep alive his vision of kid-powered transport and people-friendly streets in our little nook of the universe.

Our hearts go out to his wife, Leslie (the first Bryant Bike Fairy), and their two daughters. The Seattle Bike Blog has posted a tribute to Clint.

Keep up the biking in May!

It’s time to log your child’s trips during May 9-13 on our online trip tracker. A round trip to and from school counts as one trip. Biking to other places, like the library or grocery store, also counts. Trips from Week 1 may also be recorded on this form, if needed.

Our awesome Bryant bikers rode a total of 184.5 trips in the first week of Bike to School Month. Certainly impressive, but at that rate, Ms. Loftin will probably keep her hair. Hmmm, can we get to 1000 trips?

Other highlights from the week:

  • Did you know Bryant’s librarian, Ms. Aliverti, is riding in May? Give her a high five next time you see her!
  • Biking is a great way to notice things you might not when going by car. One family reports seeing tadpoles, a kingfisher, and ducklings at a pond they biked by on their way back from swimming lessons at Meadowbrook.
  • Mrs. Bernard’s class is in the lead with the most trips so far. Do not underestimate the pedal power of 3rd graders!

Please let us know if you have questions, and thanks for participating in Bike to School Month!

Track your bike trips in May!

IMG_2457 (1)Bike Month is underway, and we here at Bike2Bryant HQ want to know how much Bryant students are biking. The online trip tracker form for Week 1 is now up and ready to collect your data.

If your child is not able to bike to school, you may substitute other biking trips such as to the library, grocery store, sports, music lessons, etc.

Prizes will be given to students who bike every school day in May, and a shiny crank-arm trophy given to the classroom with the most trips. Also, don’t forget the CLOSE SHAVE CHALLENGE: if the school collectively reaches 1000 trips or more, PE teacher Ms. Loftin says she will shave her head!

Questions? Contact Michele Solis or Will Mitchell

Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 4

It’s Bike2Bryant’s favorite day of the year, and we’re celebrating with our traditional Top Pot ride! Please join us at Top Pot Doughnuts (6855 35th Ave. NE) after 8:30 am for donuts and coffee and mingling with other bikey folks, then around 9 am we’ll push off to ride to school together. Please note that this is a parent-escorted event: kids must be with their parents.

Thanks to SDOT and the Safe Routes to Schools program for funding our walk- and bike-to-school activities in 2016.

Questions? Contact Michele Solis or Will Mitchell.

Bike Month is here!

May is Bike to School Month, and Bike to Bryant is ready to celebrate with fun events for all. Save these dates:

  • Friday, April 29 Bike Month Kickoff, on the playground after school: Come get your bike tuned up for free, decorate your bike, play games, and sign up to participate in bike month.
  • All month! Students who ride every school day in May will get a prize; the class with the most trips wins the coveted and shiny crank-arm trophy; and, this year PE teacher Ms. Loftin has issued another CLOSE SHAVE CHALLENGE: if Bryant students bike 1000 trips total or more, she will shave her head. Crazy!
  • Wednesday, May 4 Bike to School Day. Meet at Top Pot at 8:30 in the morning, enjoy some donuts and coffee, then ride to school together. This is a parent-escorted event.
  • Friday, May 27 Obstacles and Popsicles, on the playground after school: Test your skills on a bicycle obstacle course, and then relax with a popsicle.
  • Bike Fairy Friday Every Friday in May the Bryant Bike Fairy and her entourage will be riding the streets seeking kids on bikes. If you are “caught” riding, you will earn praise and prizes!

Questions? Contact Michele Solis or Will Mitchell

Bryant wraps up Walktober

Fine autumn weather greeted Bryant walkers throughout Walk to School Month this October. Our walking bus stations hosted about 75 students and parents on their way to school on Friday mornings, and one morning the Bryant Foot Fairy even appeared, giving prizes to kids caught walking to school. Thanks to the many volunteers who hosted stations, to parents who led walking school buses from further afield, and for all students and their parents who walked in October. Read more

Let’s walk together on Friday!

Walking bus stations open this Friday, Oct 16! October is Walktober, and we are celebrating the Bryant community’s strong tradition of walking all month long. Please join us this Friday morning, 9-9:15 am, at one of four walking bus stations for a small treat and visit with other Bryant parent and kid walkers. Please contact Michele Solis or Will Mitchell with questions.

  • West Station: 30th Ave. NE/NE 60th St.
  • South Station: 33rd Ave. NE/NE 55th St.
  • North Station: 32nd Ave. NE/NE 65th St.
  • East Station: 36th Ave. NE/NE 60th St.

Live NW or SE of Bryant? Bryant parents are organizing longer walking buses to school from those neighborhoods. See the scheduled routes and timetables here: NW route and SE route.