Today, for the first time ever, communities across the country will join together to celebrate National Bike to School Day. Schools, cities, bicycle groups, public health organizations and parents alike are organizing bike rides and bike trains to school to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school.
To date, more than 700 Bike to School Day events in 49 states and the District of Columbia have already registered on the official website, www.walkbiketoschool.org. And the total number of participating schools is expected to grow throughout May, which is National Bike Month.
“We knew there was support for a spring bike to school day, as many local bike-focused events have been held in the past,” said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which coordinates National Bike to School Day and International Walk to School Day. “But the turnout for this first-time event is spectacular! We couldn’t be more pleased with how many communities and families are coming together to promote biking to school on this one day.”
The fun doesn’t stop after today. This year, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has established the first ever statewide New Jersey Walk and Bike to School Week May 21-25, 2012. Contact the Safe Routes to School Coordinator at your Transportation Management Association to see how your community can get in on all of the fun!