On Earth Day 2022, Physical Education teacher Sam Balto - inspired by Barcelona's Bici Bus - decided to attempt to start his own at his school in Alameda neighborhood of Portland. The initial Wednesday effort was highly successful with about 75 riders.
Realizing he tapped an incredible desire for kids and families to have a more fun, healthy and peaceful to get to school, it became a regular Wednesday event and inspired other neighborhoods in Portland and around the world. Some rides have come close to 200, with one-third of the school participating.
I was in Portland but not there for the ride. Still I wanted to meet up with Sam to let him tell his story and thanks to Sam's footage and Bike Portland's incredible opening day video use, I was able to edit this great story celebrating one year!