Active Youth – Universal Bicycling Education

“…Kids who move more aren’t just healthier, they also tend to do better academically,…”

Physical activity levels of Alexandria City Public School (ACPS) students are low in comparison to national averages and declining. ACPS is embarked on several initiatives to reverse this trend; one of those will enable 3rd grade students to learn bicycle safety and skills as part of their Physical Education (PE) classes and support an ACPS strategic objective to provide “activities and curricula designed to promote lifelong commitments to active, healthy lifestyles”.

We invite you to help ACPS initiate this project by donating funds to purchase bicycles, helmets and teacher training.  As of mid October 2016, the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) has raised more than 3/4 of the $10,000 needed for this project, enough for the first classes to start for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students at Mount Vernon Community School (MVCS) on October 24, 2016: https://youtu.be/I4DKZwJZRoQ

You can help by sending a check today to the Walking and Biking Fund of ACT for Alexandria, 1421 Prince Street, Suite 220, Alexandria, VA 22314. Attn: John Porter  (preferred method) or donating online via this link: https://www.razoo.com/story/Walking-And-Biking-Fund. Your donation will enable ACPS to expand the project to James K.Polk Elementary School in 2017, helping more students learn to be active and develop life-long healthy habits.

Problem: A recent needs assessment found that “poor diet and exercise [are] problematic, especially among children” in the City of Alexandria.1 Surveys indicate that physical activity levels of ACPS students are low in comparison to national averages and declining.

Why is this important? “Research shows that kids who move more aren’t just healthier, they also tend to do better academically, behave better in class and miss fewer days of school.”2

Solution:  Help initiate bicycling education in ACPS’ elementary school PE curriculum, as a component of a Comprehensive Physical Activity Program 3.  

Please join us. We invite you to join us in helping ACPS initiate this project.  Your donation will help students learn to be active in a Bicycling in the Schools (BITS) pilot project at Mount Vernon Community School (MVCS) during the fall of 2016 and James K.Polk Elementary School in 2017. Please consider sending a check today to the Walking and Biking Fund of ACT for Alexandria, 1421 Prince Street, Suite 220, Alexandria, VA 22314. Attn: John Porter  (preferred method) or donating online via this link:

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1. Community Health Needs Assessment for Inova Alexandria Hospital, May 31, 2013

2. Active Living Research, http://activelivingresearch.org/taxonomy/schools

3. School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, September 16, 2011

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