Newton North Student Encourages Biking to School

What are the challenges students face when they bike to school? And how can the city improve their experience? These are a few questions that Dina Gorelik, Newton North High School Senior and President of the Newton North Bike Club, answered on May 21, 2020, during the webinar “Transportation after the Covid Crisis: Priorities for moving forward”. 

Watch the FULL program HERE

SEE DINA’S PRESENTATION HERE

When thinking about going back to school, it’s important to focus on sustainable healthy transportation, and that is what the three program speakers brought to the discussion. The program featured several good ideas on how to accelerate efforts to create transportation that is safe and supports our environmental goals to reduce air pollution.

  • Ann Lusk, PhD, Harvard Chan School of Public Health proposed real solutions  for communities to develop new transportation policies and processes by building pilot cycle tracks, testing the designs and counting riders. (See at: 3’49” –  38’38”)
  • Dina Gorelik made a compelling case for students biking to school and how the city can improve road safety (See at: 38’40” – 48’30”) – Her presentation is available here
  • Galen Mook, Executive Director of MassBike, Massachusetts’ statewide bicycle advocacy organization, talked about bicycling amenities in Covid-recovery, how to include schools and achieve safe to school goals (See at: 48’32” – 1 18’46”) 

The webinar was co-sponsored by The Newton Free Library, Green Newton, Bike Newton, and the League of Women Voters Newton.