Wednesday, June 19, 2013

National Bike to School Day Shatters Previous Participation Mark

From all 50 states and the District of Columbia, tens of thousands of school children across the country biked to school throughout the month of May as part of the second annual National Bike to School Day.  In all, 1,705 schools registered Bike to School Day events—80 percent more than the inaugural national event in 2012—setting a new National Bike to School Day record.

Montgomery County schools participated in the second annual event.  Bike to School Day at
Bike to School Day activities at Piney Branch Elementary School
Piney Branch Elementary School was one of several Bike Month events in Takoma Park.  Over 150 students rode bikes or scooters to school on May 22.  Students from two third grade classes acted as Bike Safety Ambassadors. They created and distributed promotional materials, helped with helmet fitting and organized the bike valet parking. Safe Kids provided helmets for distribution to students in need. 

“In March, Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institute told the National Bike Summit that societal trends are favoring bicycling, that at this moment there is a tremendous bicycle wave rolling through America,” said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which coordinates National Bike to School Day. “If the success of our second annual Bike to School Day is any indication, I’d say Mr. Katz is on to something.”
For more information, see the National Center for Safe Routes to School's website.  Also see MCDOT's Safe Routes to School website for more tips on safe walking and biking to county schools.

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