Minnesota Schools To Celebrate National Bike To School Day

You might be seeing more Treks, Schwinns, yes, even Huffy’s on your way to work Wednesday.

May 8th is National Bike to School Day. Close to 200 schools across the Gopher state are gearing up for it. That means students will ride or walk to school along with parents, teachers, and other supporting individuals in the community.

The pedal to school event happens this time every year. It’s an off-shoot of the popular and successful Walk To School Day which occurs across the country and around the world in October. Dave Cowan, coordinator of SafeRoutes to School, says,

“Bike to School Day is the great opportunity to remind students, parents and school leaders that riding a bike can be transformative for physical, mental and emotional health. It used to be common to see students walking and bicycling to school; this event encourages everyone to return to this healthy lifestyle.”

National Bike to School Day is a time to raise awareness of the need to create routes for bikers and walkers that are safer, cut down on traffic congestion and help the environment. Plus, it focuses attention on increasing physical activity among our youth.

Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner, Margaret Anderson Kelliher says,

“Programs such as Safe Routes to School help protect Minnesota kids, while building safer and healthier communities statewide.”

For more information, go to www.mnsaferoutestoschool.org.

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