EZ Ride’s Bike & Pedestrian Team completed 24 events in 4 counties and reached a total of 2,778 students with bicycle/pedestrian safety education during May Walk & Bike to School Month. EZ Ride worked with towns and schools in Bergen, Essex, Monmouth and Union counties to promote biking, walking, safety, and healthy living.

Here are just a few examples of the walk and bike safety education and events EZ Ride coordinated with towns and schools:

Walk to School Days in Farmingdale: Farmingdale School was very active during the month of May, with five Walk to School Days at the school averaging 71 students per event. Farmingdale School is a small school in Monmouth County, and 35-40% of students walk or bike to school on a daily basis. In addition, Farmingdale School implemented a themed Walk to School Day once a week, including Star Wars “May the 4th be with You,” “Red, White, and Walk Day” and “Be a Rock Star”.


 

Walk Audit in West Orange: Redwood Elementary School collaborated with the West Essex YMCA, EZ Ride’s Bike & Pedestrian Team, West Orange Police, NJDOT, and others for a school walk audit on May 15th. The group of 25 divided into teams to cover four different routes in the area surrounding Redwood ES to assess walkability and take pictures of any issues. After completing the routes the group discussed the issues and brainstormed possible solutions collaboratively.

 

Pedestrian Safety Education in Newark: EZ Ride’s Bike & Pedestrian team joined forces with the Jimmy Gonzalez Foundation, the Pedestrian Injury Prevention Partnership of University Medical Center, Newark Police and EMS to provide bike & walk safety talks, a tour of Newark’s EMS trucks, and free bike helmets to 105 students at the Elliott Elementary School in Newark. EZ Ride covered pedestrian safety and used a mini roadway for students to practice safety rules.

 

Bike Rodeo in Lodi: EZ Ride’s Bike & Pedestrian Team partnered with the Lodi Police Department for the second time to provide children with a safe bicycle skills course at the Police Station. There was a turnout of 15 children. Lodi PD also registered bikes with the Borough and provided parents with proper car seat training and installation.

 

EZ Ride’s Bike & Pedestrian Team partnered with many schools, police departments and other community groups in their service area this past May 2019 to promote active transportation. EZ Ride’s team is committed to safety and health advocacy through walking and biking. For more information, check EZ Ride website at ezride.org

Thank you to EZ Ride for contributing this scoop article!