National Bike to School Day 2015 is on Wednesday, May 6.
Is your school signed up?
Last year 45 schools in Indiana held Bike to School Days – how many will there be in 2015?
It's not too late – Numerous resources, including steps to ‘Plan an Event in 7 Days’, are available online at walkbiketoschool.org. Indiana schools/communities are encouraged to register their events, as that is how participation and ongoing interest is tracked. Please be sure to note that walking events are also encouraged on this day! Kim Irwin and Claire Bowers from Health by Design / Indiana Safe Routes to Schools Partnership are available to assist, as needed.
Bicycling and walking to school is not only fun; it promotes healthier habits and safety, reduces air polluting emissions and traffic congestion, and creates a sense of community. Experts recommend that children get 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day and walking or bicycling to school gives children time to get active. One-time events like Bike to School Day can inspire students to walk or bike to school more regularly, and can also build support for creating or improving safer walking and bicycling routes.
This year, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) is interested in playing a role in Bike to School Day in Indianapolis to enhance the safety of those participating and provide additional school zone enforcement. With law enforcement involvement, school children will have a chance to interact with police officers in a friendly and familiar environment.
Connie Szabo Schmucker, Advocacy Director
Bicycle Garage Indy / BGI Fitness