The Harding and Garfield Middle Schools in Lakewood will join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on Wednesday May 27th, 2015. We anticipate 500 students will be riding to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders. This annual Bike to School Day is being presented by Bike Lakewood with the great assistance and support of the middle school principals and staff, along with the City of Lakewood, the PTA, Beat Cycles, and Spin Bike Shop.
Bike to School Day encourages a nationwide bike-focused celebration for students in the month of May and builds on the popularity and success of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.
In accordance with Lakewood City laws and safety in general we are happy to offer to all students the opportunity to purchase a bicycle helmet at a low cost. Helmet orders may be turned into the Health Center Staff and are due by Friday April 17th. Over the next month we will be releasing safety videos and worksheets on the facebook event page, through the schools, and during announcements. Please be sure to review the safety guidelines for bike to school day with your children.
The event begins with students, parents, and community leaders riding to school. Bicyclists will arrive at the school, lock up their bikes, and receive participation packets of appreciation provided by University Hospitals and other local organizations and businesses along with a raffle ticket. Students will fill out a bike-ability checklist survey that helps evaluate the event, road conditions, and intersection safety. Participants will also have a chance to win a cycling prize pack (items TBA).
About National Bike to School Day
National Bike to School Day, coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, provides an opportunity for communities across the country to join together to bicycle to school on the same day. The event builds on the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, led by the League of American Bicyclists each May, as well as the popularity of Walk to School Day, coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School every October. www.walkbiketoschool.org.
About the National Center for Safe Routes to School
Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The National Center serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Part of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, the National Center also provides technical support and resources and coordinates online registration efforts for U.S. Walk to School Day and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation. For more information, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org.