North Carolina, Virginia to celebrate National Bike to School Day

Posted at 11:20 AM, May 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-06 11:20:10-04
Photo: 'Bike to School Day at JC Sawyer' Facebook Page

Photo: ‘Bike to School Day at JC Sawyer’ Facebook Page

Students and parents across North Carolina and Virginia will be strapping on their helmets and backpacks and pedaling their way to school on Wednesday, May 7, in celebration of the third annual National Bike to School Day.

Schools, cities, bicycle groups, public organizations and parents are organizing bike rides and bike trains to school to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school.

Bike to School Day at JC Sawyer Elementary

Thirty-seven schools across North Carolina, from Winston-Salem to Nags Head, have registered for the third annual event, according to NCDOT.

The total number of events is expected to grow as celebrations continue throughout May, which is National Bike Month.

More than 1,700 schools across the country participated in last year’s event.

VDOT Safe Routes to School Program

VDOT also manages the statewide Safe Routes to School program, providing funding, technical assistance and other resources to local communities to encourage safe walking and biking to school. Since 2007, VDOT has awarded more than $21 million in funding to communities in Virginia for Safe Routes to School activities.

Schools, parents, and community members can register their Bike to School Day event through the end of May, HERE.

Celebrate Bike to School Day on May 7