The Edwardsville Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee has organized a "bike bus" to operate on four Fridays in September and October to offer students a healthy, supervised alternative way of traveling to and from participating schools. Please email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
So, what's a bike bus? It's a fixed route to and from school with designated "bus stops" along the way where bicyclists from different neighborhoods and areas can join up with fellow student riders and the adults who will serve as bus escorts.
At what schools will the 2023 bike bus operate? This fall, on four Fridays in September and October, the bike bus will operate for the morning and afternoon commute to Liberty Middle School and Lincoln Middle School. For the morning commute, each bike bus will get rolling from its starting point at 7:10 a.m., picking up riders at designated "bus stops" (the routes and stops for each bus are below). Each school's bus will arrive at Liberty or Lincoln about 7:40 a.m. The school day begins at the middle schools at 7:50 a.m. The afternoon commute will simply reverse the route. The bike bus will depart each school for the afternoon commute at 2:45 p.m.
What do you need to do to participate? It's not required, but we're asking participants to register to give us an idea of how many riders to expect. You can do that HERE. You MUST wear a bike helmet. Just like on a regular bus, you must be considerate of your fellow riders and follow the directions of the bus "drivers."
Will the bike bus be supervised? We'll have two adult escorts in safety vests for each bus -- one in front of the bus and one at the back. The official escorts will have completed a background check by the City of Edwardsville. Parents are welcome to accompany the bus, but it's not required.
What's the point of organizing a bike bus? It's a healthy alternative to traveling by vehicle and it's a fun way to go to school as part of a peloton, or a cluster of bike riders. Plus, it's part of the mission of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee -- to encourage and promote activities that don't require a vehicle and to make sure it's fun, safe and easy to do just that throughout Edwardsville.
Route will travel east by sidewalk on the north side of Goshen Road, stopping at the following cross-streets (Stops are reversed for afternoon bike bus route). Morning participants should be at their bus stop by about 7:15 to await the Bike Bus.
Lincoln Middle School Bike Bus
Morning Departure: 7:10 a.m.
Arrive at Lincoln: 7:40 a.m.
Afternoon Departure: 2:45 p.m. (meet at school bike racks)
All morning participants will join the bike bus at Prairie View Drive at the entrance of the MCT Nature Trail. Route follows the Nature Trail to the Goshen Trail to the Route 66 Trail, accessing Lincoln Middle School via the Woodland Elementary School entrance. There is one "bus stop," where the Goshen and Nature Trails meet at the top of the hill; riders should be at this stop by about 7:15. (Route is reversed for the afternoon commute.)
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