May 8 is Bike to School Day
May 8 is Bike to School Day! So grab your bike and hit the road. The day is held by National Center for Safe Routes to School, which aims to help parents and communities create safe walking and biking routes for students in an effort increase safety, health, and community in a neighborhood city or town.
Why Bike to School?
Walkbiketoschool.org gives the following reasons for encouraging your children to bike to school:
“It’s Fun! Walking and bicycling bring a sense of joy and independence.
Healthier Habits: The trip to school is a chance for children (and adults!) to get the physical activity they need.
Cleaner Environment: Replacing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can reduce congestion and air-polluting emissions.
Promoting Safety: Building sidewalks, providing education programs and adding traffic calming measures are some of the ways to improve safety. Encouraging walking and bicycling to school can help build support for infrastructure improvements in the broader community.
Community Benefits: Reducing traffic congestion, boosting a sense of community, and improving neighborhood connections benefit the community.”