Activate Buffalo County has several events and programs coming up that are all focused on getting youth and adults out and moving.
Bike to School Day is May 6th, and after the amazing numbers we saw last year (some schools had a participation rate of 80%!), we’re hoping even more youth join in on the fun.
In addition, walking and biking programs are rolling out in several schools. Safe Routes to School Coordinator Kate Hannon worked with Northeast Elementary to develop the “April Active Travel Challenge.” For each day students who walk or bike to or from school, they can complete a ticket that will be used in a drawing for a new bike.
“Special events like Bike to School Day are great ways to bring awareness to active commuting and get the conversation started, but we’re also trying to make more sustainable programs and grow students’ interest in actively commuting,” Kate said.
In addition to getting kids moving, Active Buffalo County is promoting employee wellness with the 25th annual Walk Out On Your Job. The event will take place over the lunch hour on May 13 at the UNK College of Education. Walkers will be treated to lunch after a 1.5-mile walk along the trails. In addition, the coalition is working with UNK students to develop a sustainable walk-at-work program to encourage employee wellness throughout the year. Individuals or businesses interested in registering for the walk should visit ActivateBuffaloCounty.com/walk. The registration deadline is April 24th.