Bike to School Day is Wednesday

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From the National Center for Safe Routes to School:

CHAPEL HILL (May 3, 2016) – If you see more young bicyclists on this road this week, it’s for a good reason. This Wednesday communities across the country will kick things into high gear for the fifth annual National Bike to School Day celebration. Students, teachers and families nationwide will bike and walk to school on May 4 to promote safer routes to school, healthier habits, and plain old fun. As of today, over 2,100 schools in 47 states have registered Bike to School Day events on walkbiketoschool.org. And the total number of events is expected to grow as celebrations continue throughout May, National Bike Month.

“Improving bicycle and pedestrian safety is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Transportation,” said U.S. Transportation Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez. “That’s why we’re proud to support National Bike to School Day and we’re encouraging safe bicycling skills  – no matter the age of the rider.”

National Bike to School Day
Established in 2012, National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to celebrate bicycling to school each May. It is an energetic, kid-centric part of National Bike Month and builds on the popularity of International Walk to School Day, held each October. In 2015, over 2,600 schools and community organizations registered Bike to School Day events nationwide, an 18 percent increase from the previous year. For more information, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

 

Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 8

 bts logoThousands of children across the country will be strapping on helmets, kicking up kickstands, and putting their mettle to the pedal as they ride their bikes to school on Wednesday, May 8, in celebration of the second annual National Bike to School Day. All of Decatur’s K-3 schools, Renfroe Middle School and St. Thomas More School will be participating and competing to see which school has the highest percentage of bicyclists.

Bike to School Day encourages a bike-focused celebration in the month of May and builds on the popularity and success of International Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October.

National Bike to School Day is part of National Bike Month, celebrating 56 years of promoting cycling. For a list of bicycling activities in Decatur, click here.

Wednesday is National Bike to School Day!

Tomorrow, May 9 is the first annual National Bike to School Day and schools in the City of Decatur will be joining over 700 schools in 49 states to celebrate.  Not only will all of our elementary schools and Renfroe Middle School be participating, but Decatur High Student Windsor Jones is encouraging students at Decatur High School to bike as well. Please be on the lookout for all these bicyclists as you make your way around Decatur tomorrow morning.

From the National Center for Safe Routes to School:
Tomorrow, for the first time ever, communities across the country will join together to celebrate National Bike to School Day. Schools, cities, bicycle groups, public health organizations and parents alike are organizing bike rides and bike trains to school to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school.

Bike to School Day encourages a bike-focused celebration in the month of May and builds on the popularity and success of International Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October.

“Since its creation in 2005, the Safe Routes to School program has helped students in over 12,000 schools stay safe, healthy, and active when they walk or bike to school,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “The success of this first-ever National Bike to School Day illustrates that communities across the country understand the need to provide students with healthy options on how to get to school, and I look forward to seeing the program expand to more schools in the future.”