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Bike to School Day Next Week

April 29, 2016 - Statewide Transportation Plan - DENVER – Thousands of children across Colorado will be strapping on helmets, kicking up kickstands, and putting their mettle to the pedal for the fifth annual National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 4.

Nearly one hundred schools across the state and more than 1,800 schools around the country will be participating.   

May is also National Bike Month.  Students, along with parents, teachers and community leaders, will be riding or walking to school throughout the month so drivers are encouraged to be extra cautious.  Distracted driving is a common cause of crashes so motorists are urged to put down their cell phone, keep their eyes on the road and watch for children near roadways.

“This year’s participation in Bike to School Day is as exciting as ever,” said Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Safe Routes to School Program Manager Leslie Feuerborn.  “The excitement and support for events across Colorado from Durango to Idalia and from DeBeque to Campo and all along the Front Range is inspiring, and we couldn’t be more pleased with how many communities and families are coming together to promote safe biking to school on this one day.”

Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the necessity to create safer routes for bicycling and walking.  They also emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, the need to enhance pedestrian safety and increase environmental awareness.  The events are structured to build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

In addition, these events can help encourage communities to implement policy or engineering changes that make it safer to walk and bike to school. In 2015, nearly 70% of event organizers indicated that their event led to planned, or already completed policy or engineering changes.

Bike to School Day builds on the popularity and success of Walk to School Day, celebrated across the country – and the world – each October.

For additional local information, please contact Leslie Feuerborn at (303) 757.9088 or email at [email protected]

For additional information, please visit these websites:

Walk and Bike to School Day: www.walkbiketoschool.org        

National Center for Safe Routes to School: www.saferoutesinfo.org    

Colorado Safe Routes to School: www.codot.gov/programs/bikeped/safe-routes


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