What started as a parent’s request to add a bicycle rack outside Wolftrap Elementary School in Vienna has become a community-wide effort to increase the number of students walking or biking to school.
“The origins were somewhat personal in that I wanted my kid to be able to lock up her bike at school,” said Vienna resident Jeff Anderson, a father of three who has led the effort in town.
“My oldest was a first-grader [in spring 2008], and I said, ‘Hey, can we get a bike rack, and [the principal] said she wasn’t going to act until the fall. So, like, day two in the fall , I asked again,” Anderson said. “The school system is good. If the principal wants a bike rack, they’ll install it.”
“That bike rack led me to ask, ‘How do we get more kids to bike to school?’ ” Anderson said.
In spring 2009, when the weather was nice, Anderson conducted his first “Bike Train,” a bike-to-school program for Wolftrap students.