Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bike to School Day is Wed., May 6

Wolftrap ES bikes on Bike to School Day
May is Bike Month and early in the month is one of the first big events. On May 6th, children across the nation will be participating in National Bike to School Day. This is the 4th annual Bike to School Day promoted by the National Safe Routes to School Center, as a sister event to it's Walk to School Day Fall events.

Currently over 2,000 schools across the country have signed up to participate with 155 schools in Virginia and near 40 in Fairfax County. Fairfax County's Safe Routes to School Coordinator has been working hard to increase Fairfax County Public Schools participation and those efforts are paying off.  
This year the school system has challenged schools to get 100 bikes in their racks. Schools that achieve the 'century' milestone will receive 100 bike seat covers as prizes for all the student who rode in. Of course, children and parents are encouraged to walk to school if bicycling to school isn't something they wish to do. 

Several Fairfax communities have over 5 schools participating in the event. They include Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Reston and Vienna, with a few new schools that have never participated previously including Navy Elementary on West Ox Road. Lots of events are planned including the week-long Bike/Walk Challenge that Vienna elementary schools have been holding for 7 years. 

Hear from some parents and kids at two of the schools about why they organize Bike and Walk to School events. National Bike to School day is an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools. Fairfax County Public Schools have compiled information on walking and biking to school on their Safe Routes to School web page.



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