2020 National Planning Conference

Overcoming Barriers for Biking to School

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - Saturday, April 13, 2019, 5:30 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Location: 2014

Add to My Log


  • Learn about some of the common barriers to biking to school.
  • Understand the concerns of stakeholders in a bike to school policy.
  • Identify strategies and programs to overcome barriers to biking to school.


Barriers to biking to school for elementary students can be as numerous as the benefits. Biking to school can reduce congestion on and around campus and has a demonstrated impact on increasing kids’ focus and activity levels. Allowing bicycling to school, as well as before and after school activities, adds a crucial, equitable modal choice for parents and guardians. These benefits cannot be realized until the concerns of parents and administrators are addressed. Learn about some common barriers to biking to school. Brainstorm strategies to overcome those barriers. Panelists contribute their expertise and experience to the conversation. Session speakers relay their success in implementing a bike-to-school policy in the Northshore School District, a suburban area northeast of downtown Seattle, Washington, as well as promoting bicycling for all ages though a City Target Zero program. Explore a menu of options to address barriers, including options that have demonstrated success and new ideas, to encourage biking to elementary schools.

Session Speakers

Brett A. Schock, AICP
Organizer and Speaker
Transpo Group
Bothell, WA

Erin David, AICP
Alta Planning & Design
Seattle, WA

Melodi Yanik
Pierce Transit
Spanaway, WA




Activity ID: NPC198120