Sunday, May 8, 2016

Successful Bike to School Day 2016

This past week students, teachers, and supporters of more active lifestyles for children participated in this year’s Bike to School Day in Fairfax County.  On May 4th, more than 60 Fairfax County elementary and middle schools participated in the event. Kids on scooters, skate boards, and on the own two feet also braved the overcast skies to join their fellow students in promoting fitness as part of their daily routine. 

Wolf Trap Bike Train.
Fairfax County Public Schools encouraged increased ridership by handing out backpack tags to participants at the elementary schools and cinch sacks at the middle schools. The Fairfax County Police Department also lent its support throughout the country. FCPD bike patrol officers led three bike trains to Wolf Trap Elementary in Hunter Mill District. The FCPD also assisted at Hunter Woods and Sunrise Valley Elementary Schools in Reston, escorting kids and ensuring their safety. 

Highlights of the day included: 
  • Chesterbrook Elementary in McLean had more than 200 students plus family and other community members join in the fun. Check out the video of the Chesterbrook event here. 
  • All eight of Reston’s elementary schools participated with initial reports of 116 riders at Armstron, 46 at Dogwood, 40 at Forest Edge, 110 at Lake Anne and 70 at Sunrise Valley. Aldrin reported a total of 118 bikers and walkers. 
  • At Dogwood Elementary, riders received assistance from the Reston Bike Club with minor maintenance and helmet fit.  The club also provide helmets to those without them. 
  • Please share your Bike to School Day stories using the comments section below. 
Fairfax County’s events were among nearly 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.  This was the fifth National Bike to School Day, which first took place on May 9, 2012.  National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off the energy of National Bike Month. 

FABB supports biking to school every day.  We are ready to assist interested groups with planning and sponsoring activities and with identifying safe routes to encourage children to bike and walk to school 

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