By Our Friends at the National Center for Safe Routes to School
Join tens of thousands of children, parents, school officials and community leaders nationwide on May 4 for the student two-wheeling celebration of the year, National Bike to School Day. Last year, more than 2,600 schools participated – nearly a twenty percent growth from the previous year. Schools, parents and community organizations can now register 2016 Bike to School Day events online.
Bike to School Day is a national event that gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together in bicycling - or walking - to school on the same day. The national event is part of the movement for year-round safe routes to school and invites communities to explore bicycling to school as a healthy way for kids and families to make their school commute.
Every year communities across the country celebrate the big day by organizing helmet fittings, bicycle skills clinics, and bike trains. These events help bring attention to safety needs, promote physical activity, help build a sense of neighborhood and inspire school spirit. “We invite communities to use National Bike to School Day to best fit their circumstances, whether there are already students and families bicycling to school or whether it’s not currently safe to bike and the event is held on campus to bring light to necessary changes,” said Nancy Pullen-Seufert, Director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School.
Bike to School Day registration is free and open to all individuals and organizations planning a 2016 event in the United States. Registering an event provides organizers access to a variety of downloadable materials, including stickers, certificates, badges and classroom activities and potentially a chance to win bikes, helmets, and other giveaways.
National Bike to School Day joins the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, led by the League of American Bicyclists each May, and builds off the 19 years of success of International Walk to School Day held in October. Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to build awareness for communities to be more walkable.
For more information on bike and walk to school activities in the United States, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.
About the National Center for Safe Routes to School
Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The National Center serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Part of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, the National Center also provides technical support and resources and coordinates online registration efforts for Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day in the U.S., and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation. For more information, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org.
About the League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a bicycle-friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.