Below is an edited repost from the Miami Bike Report
Bike to School Day, in Wisconsin. Photo: Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin.
The first ever National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 9th. An initiative of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, it is designed to promote safety by increasing awareness of kids riding to school on a daily basis, as well as healthier habits through physical activity.
While cities across the country have celebrated “Bike to School” days in the past, this is the first time that such an effort is being made nationwide. This is why the schools registered for the event are being considered “pioneers.”
Video: New York City’s first Bike to School Day. Courtesy of streetfilms.org
As you ride or drive tomorrow (and everyday,) please keep an eye out for kids riding their bikes to/from school. Not only is it healthy for them to ride bikes, but it increases confidence in their abilities, helps the environment, decreases motor vehicle congestion, and most importantly they are the seeds for the future of cycling. If you are a driver, please slow down, look twice, and yield to cyclists. If you are a cyclist, be kind and offer assistance to any kid in need of directions or mechanical support.