Bike to School Day

Wednesday, May 8

Children on their bicycles for Bike to School DayThe Michigan Fitness Foundation is advocating for schools to register for the second annual National Bike to School Day on May 8, 2013. The event is part of Michigan’s Safe Routes to School (SR2S) Program and supplements the ideas of International Walk to School Day by promoting safe, active communities. Children, parents, teachers and other community stakeholders all will come together for this fun day.

Not only does biking offer a fun way for children to exercise, it also saves costs on transportation and is eco-friendly.  The size of the event doesn’t matter. Coordinate one that works for your community. It is also important to make sure that you work with your local safety and police departments to create strategies for a safe route and awareness of the event to the community.

Bike to School Day is May 8, but B2SD events can be held anytime during May, which is National Bike Month. Furthermore, schools are encouraged to use Bike to School Day as their ACES activity on Wednesday, May 1.

Register your school at http://saferoutesmichigan.org/register-for-bike-to-school-day

to receive free event planning and promotional materials along with technical support from the Safe Routes to School office. Schools are also encouraged to download materials from the National Bike to School Day website at www.walktoschool.org.