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.”
May is also Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, a global campaign focused on the need to reduce the number of child pedestrians and bicyclists injured around the world. The Bike to School Day national event taking place in Washington, D.C. will recognize both.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez and other local officials and partners will gather with over 100 students from the Capitol Hill neighborhood on Wednesday to celebrate this important day – and month – focused on child transportation safety. Students will participate in bike and helmet safety activities before departing on bike trains to school.
“This is the fifth annual National Bike to School Day celebration, and the growing interest and participation in the event shows just how many communities both support biking and walking to school and prioritize safe, active transportation options for their children,” said Nancy Pullen-Seufert, Director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which coordinates National Bike to School Day. “We are encouraged by the magnitude of children, families, schools and communities celebrating Bike to School Day nationwide, and inspired by the creativity of each unique event used to promote safe biking to school.”
Bike to School events are taking place nationwide on Wednesday and throughout the month of May. To browse the names and locations of registered 2016 events, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org/go/whos-biking/2016.
About 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.
About Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
Global Youth Traffic Safety Month was formed by the National Organizations for Youth Safety in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the United Nations Global Road Safety Week. GYTSM is a month-long campaign during May asking youth groups to engage in teen traffic safety projects in their communities. Learn more at https://noys.org/about-us/our-programs/gytsm/.
National Center for Safe Routes to School
Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School helps support communities in changing their culture around safe and active travel. The National Center assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. Its role includes providing technical support for U.S. Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day; coordinating online registration, developing resources, and facilitating worldwide promotion and participation. Part of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, 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. For more information, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org or www.walkbiketoschool.org.