Biking to School

Young student riding a bicycle over a wooden foot bridge

Students riding a bicycle to school, where it is safe to do so, creates greater transportation flexibility for families, allows students to exercise greater independence, and promotes positive physical health.

We believe families should carefully consider their potential biking routes, their student's ability, and their safety preparations before allowing their student to bike to school.

Parents and guardians are responsible for their child if they ride to and from school. Bicycle maps are available to help determine the safest route.

Parents and guardians assume all risks associated with their student riding a bicycle to school, including injury, loss, damage, and theft of the bicycle and helmet. District staff will not be responsible or held accountable for safeguarding a student’s personal property.

We do not recommended students under 10 years old be allowed to ride their bikes to school.


Participating Schools

All secondary schools allow students to bike to school. After a comprehensive review of road conditions, we determined the following elementary schools have sufficient infrastructure on surrounding roads to limit risk and/or offer clear pathways.

  • Arrowhead
  • Wellington
  • Canyon Creek
  • Cottage Lake
  • Fernwood
  • East Ridge
  • Frank Love
  • Kokanee
  • Kenmore
  • Lockwood
  • Maywood
  • Moorlands
  • Shelton View
  • Sunrise
  • Westhill
  • Woodin
  • Woodmor

Due to increased risk, we do not recommend students ride their bike to the following schools.

  • Hollywood Hill
  • Crystal Springs
  • Bear Creek


Safety Courses

We recommend that elementary students complete a bicycle safety course prior to riding to school. These free courses teach the student basic safety skills necessary to navigate roads and public areas that are aligned to Washington State codes.


Bike Racks

Northshore Schools Foundation is supporting the bike to school initiative by generously raising funds to purchase bike racks for each participating school. To learn more about the project, visit the Foundation's website.



Please contact your school's office if you have questions or concerns regarding your student biking to school.