Let the bike bells ring! Registration for National Bike to School Day is open. Have schools in your community registered? Nearly 950 schools across the country participated in the inaugural national event in 2012. As excitement about National Bike to School Day builds in the second year, participation for the 2013 celebration on Wednesday, May 8, is expected to shoot past 2012’s total. Anyone can register a Bike to School Day event now at www.walkbiketoschool.org.
With about five weeks to go before the event, more than 400 events are already registered from 47 states and Washington, D.C.
Bike to School Day event registration is free and open to all individuals and/or organizations planning a 2013 Bike to School Day event in the United States. Registering a Bike to School Day event provides organizers access to a variety of downloadable materials, including stickers, certificates, badges and classroom activities. All registrants will also be entered into drawings for Saris bicycle parking racks.
Valley View Elementary in Great Falls, Montana, won the first Saris bike rack drawing on March 27. The next drawing for a Saris rack will take place Wednesday, April 3. Register your event at www.walkbiketoschool.org by 3 p.m. EDT/Noon PDT on Wednesday to be entered into the second drawing and all subsequent drawings. Additional drawings will be held each Wednesday up to and including on Bike to School Day, May 8. All events registered before each drawing will be eligible to win an eight-bike capacity Saris Racks bike rack. Thanks to Saris Racks for co-sponsoring this contest again in 2013!
New this year, in addition to being part of National Bike Month, Bike to School Day is part of an international movement called Global Youth Traffic Safety Month. The goal of this effort is to engage and empower youth across the globe to develop and implement youth peer to peer education projects, support increased enforcement of traffic laws and advocate for stronger laws to protect young people on the roads.
Several other new, exciting partnerships will be announced in the coming weeks.
Register now at www.walkbiketoschool.org and stay tuned!