Teachers, parents, and students are encouraged to bike to school Wednesday to celebrate National Bike to School Day.
NBCRightNow.com - Teachers, parents, and students are encouraged to bike to school Wednesday to celebrate National Bike to School Day.
National Bike to School Day is a nationwide event that encourages a bike-focused celebration and builds on the popularity of International Walk to School Day, celebrated in October. The event raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking. It also emphasizes the importance of physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion, and concern for the environment.
The Washington state Department of Transportation wants to remind motorists to share the road and watch for young bicyclists and pedestrians, especially around school zones.
“We all can remember our first bike. I remember the freedom I felt the minute I was allowed to go around the block by myself on my yellow three-speed,” said Washington Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. “At WSDOT, it is our mission to make sure that every kid can experience a safe ride, from their very first ride around the block or to school, and someday to work or across the entire country."
More information about WSDOT’s efforts to improve conditions for student pedestrians and bicyclists can be found on its Safe Routes to School website. Safety tips for bicycling and walking and other resource materials are also available.