Bike Trains

Organizing Successful Bike Trains

Thursday, May 5, 2011 1-2PM ET

Photo provided by the YBIKE Program

Walking school buses are popping up everywhere, but have you seen or heard of a bike train? Starting a bike train, a group of children and parents who ride to school together with other families, is a great way to get students actively commuting to school from farther distances. Bike trains have the same underlying principles as walking school buses but forming a consistent, sustainable bike train that allows students to safely bicycle to school while parents, teachers and administrators rest easy, requires a deft balance between organization, encouragement and training. This webinar tackles those hurdles and leaves attendees with the tools to either tune up their current bike train or start one anew!

This webinar focuses on success stories from Tampa Bay, Florida; Portland, Oregon; and Washington, DC that provide insight from the nuts and bolts of grassroots organization to bike trains that are arranged and endorsed at the multi-school level. Presenters highlight their unique programs but also outline the steps necessary to create and organize a bike train that will make a difference and the tips and tricks to keep them running smoothly.

The webinar lasts one hour.


  • Kiel Johnson, Bicycle Safety Educator, Bicycle Transportation Alliance (Portland, Oregon)
  • Jason Jackman, Program Planner Analyst, Center for Urban Transportation Research (Tampa Bay, Florida)
  • Parrie Henderson, Parent Organizer, Mt. Pleasant Peloton (Washington, DC)
  • David Cowan, Program Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership (Denver, Colorado)

This webinar was part two of a six-part webinar series by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership that focuses on bicycling and Safe Routes to School.

Thank you to the SRAM Cycling Fund for making this series possible.