What a week it has been for the Iowa Safe Routes to School program– and we’re only to Wednesday. To learn more about my travels this week, keep reading!


My morning started by meeting the principal at Northwest Elementary in Ankeny. We discussed bringing bicycle education to this particular elementary by introducing bicycle safety classroom education and a bicycle rodeo to one of their school days in May. They already have a large population of kids walking and biking to school and this would be a perfect addition to their curriculum to ensure these kids continue to be safe on their journey to and from school.

I traveled to a school in Des Moines to map out our bicycle rodeo in May.

From there I popped over to Ames to pick up an order of bicycle safety materials from the Iowa DOT. I’m excited to be able to hand out bicycle safety items to our students to remind them to keep safe.

That evening I presented a mini workshop in Nevada to a group of city officials at their City Hall. I discussed all of our potential programs and how to properly implement them into their community. I’m looking forward to working with this community as they build their Safe Routes to School Programs.


I made it to Osage bright and early to discuss Walking School Bus Programs with a group of parents, guidance counselor, and the principal at their local elementary. We had a great discussion about the details of beginning the program and next steps. Their first step will be to implement the Punch Card Contest prior to their Walking School Bus Pilot.

After Osage, I popped over to Mason City to continue their discussion on Bike Education and their Bike Rodeo on May 15/16.

To end the week off right, I’m heading to Moravia to share all of my great educational pieces and information with School Nurses across the state of Iowa for their yearly conference!

If you would like to learn more about the Iowa Safe Routes to School program, please contact me! alana@iowabicyclecoalition.org

I still have room in calendar and I’m looking forward to coming to your communities!!!!!!!