Registration Now Open for National Bike to School Day

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (April 9, 2012) — The National Center for Safe Routes to School, in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists, is pleased to be organizing the first-ever National Bike to School Day on May 9, 2012. Let the bike bells ring – event registration is now open at www.walkbiketoschool.org!

The inaugural National Bike to School Day will be the first opportunity for communities across the country to join together to bicycle to school on the same day. The event builds on the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, led by the League of American Bicyclists each May, as well as the popularity of Walk to School Day, coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School every October.

Bike to School Day event registration is free and available to individuals and/or organizations planning a 2012 Bike to School Day event in the United States. Events that register at www.walkbiketoschool.org will appear on the site as “Bike to School Day Pioneers.” Registering a Bike to School Day event provides organizers access to a variety of downloadable materials, including stickers, certificates, badges and classroom activities and provides the opportunity to win a bike rack.

The National Center also launched a newly redesigned website – www.walkbiketoschool.org  – to support celebration of Bike to School Day in May, and walking and biking to school every day. The updated website includes new Bike to School Day and Walk to School Day event planning resources as well as a brand-new, GIS-powered mapping tool.  Map-a-Route allows users to create and share bicycling or walking routes to school via easy-to-use maps.

Need an extra incentive to participate in this inaugural event? Registered schools and communities will be entered into the Bike to School Day Bike Rack Giveaway! Each Wednesday beginning April 18, two registrants will be selected to win a Saris bike rack for the school of their choice. A total of 10 bike racks will be given away. At the end of Bike Month, a registered resource person will win a bike rack for their school or community.

National Bike to School Day is based on the Walk to School Day model. 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. The one-day event has now grown to a month-long celebration. In 2011, students and parents from more than 4,000 U.S. schools joined millions of Walk to School Day and Month participants worldwide. The reasons for walking have grown just as quickly as the event itself. For more information on bike and walk to school activities in the United States, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

National Bike to School Day is an exciting first both for those who are new to the experience and for those who have been celebrating a trip to school on two wheels for years. Stay tuned at www.walkbiketoschool.org/go/whos-biking/2012 to see “Who’s Biking” in 2012.

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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 U.S. Walk to School Day and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation. For more information, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org.

About the League of American Bicyclists

The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle‐friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.

Contacts:

Hilary Culbertson
Communications Coordinator
National Center for Safe Routes to School
(919) 843-8854
hilary@hsrc.unc.edu

Caroline Dickson
Communications and Marketing Manager
National Center for Safe Routes to School
(919) 962-5835
dickson@hsrc.unc.edu

 

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