Last month, the first-ever National Bike to School Day exceeded expectations with 951 events in 49 states across the country. From Alaska to Florida, kids bicycled and walked to school to promote safer routes to school, cleaner air, healthier habits and to have an all-around good time.
David Strickland, the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, officially launched National Bike to School Day at an event in Washington, D.C. on May 9. More than 200 students from 12 Capitol Hill-area schools met in Lincoln Park to pedal to school as part of bike trains to school. Administrator Strickland reminded students to be a “roll model” for their friends and families and Safe Kids set up a checking station to make sure that students’ helmets were properly fit.
The national event was coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, in conjunction with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month. Bike to School Day builds on the success of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated every October in all 50 states and more than 40 countries around the world.
Walk to School Day will be celebrated on October 3, 2012. Event coordinators can register their events at www.walkbiketoschool.org. Registering a Walk to School Day event gives coordinators access to event planning guides and newsletters as well as downloadable templates for materials like fliers, banners and stickers.