Kicking off National Bike to School Day at Reed

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Reed Elementary and Tempo Bicycles join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.


Reed Elementary School, a distinguished California school in San José Unified School District, will join schools from around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day and to kick off Bike Month on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Reed students and teachers hope to encourage San José families to walk and bike during the month of May to help raise awareness about traffic safety and physical fitness.

Students of all ages will be riding or walking to school along with parents, teachers, community leaders and city officials, including Councilmember Donald Rocha. The event will begin at 8 A.M. at Paul Moore Park (corner of Cherry Ave and Myrtle Ave, San José, CA 95118). Riders and walkers will arrive at the school by 9 A.M. Other special activities associated with the event include a raffle for a free kid’s bike, Kali bike helmets, bike accessories, as well as a bike rodeo during recess.

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Reed Elementary School students and their parents ride along Bryan Ave. during National Bike to School Day in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Gary Reyes/ Bay Area News Group)

“National Bike to School Day provides an excellent opportunity for San Jose students to get some exercise, reduce pollution and traffic congestion and learn about the importance of bike and pedestrian safety,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “I applaud all of the students taking part in this national program and representing our community in the safe streets movement.”

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 around the world each October.

“Here at Reed [Elementary], we value “old traditions” that connect us with our community,” commented Melody Mendoza, Principal at Reed Elementary. “By walking and riding to school, we’re helping to raise awareness about safe routes to school as well as health and fitness.”

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, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools, and the broader community.

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Melody Mendoza, Reed Elementary School principal, left, signals her students to begin riding to the school during National Bike to School Day in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Gary Reyes/ Bay Area News Group)

More information

Walk and Bike to School Day: www.walkbiketoschool.org
National Center for Safe Routes to School: www.saferoutesinfo.org

About National Bike to School Day

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Reed Elementary School students prepare to ride their bikes to school from Paul Moore Park during National Bike to School Day in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. (Gary Reyes/ Bay Area News Group)

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.

National Bike to School Day is based on the Walk to School Day model. Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to build awareness for communities to be more walkable. The one-day event has now grown to a month-long celebration with students and parents from more than 4,000 U.S. schools joining millions of Walk to School Day and Month participants worldwide. The reasons for walking have grown just as quickly as the event itself. For more information on bike and walk to school activities in the United States, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

About the National Center for Safe Routes to School

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Anais Wandji, 10, helps Nanaho Itoi, 10, left to right, strap on her helmet correctly during National Bike to School Day in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Students from Reed Elementary School rode their bikes in one large group from Paul Moore Park to the school. (Gary Reyes/ Bay Area News Group)

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.

 

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