Approximately 1,000 students from Shelledy Elementary and Bookcliff Middle School with parents and teachers will bicycle to school on Wednesday, May 6, in celebration of the fourth annual National Bike to School Day. More than 2,200 schools across the country have registered their Bike to School Day events on www.walkbiketoschool.org. The total number of events is expected to grow as celebrations continue throughout May, which is National Bike Month.
The event is part of the local educational program Safe Routes to School (SRTS). Since 2011, SRTS has reached more than 6,000 elementary-aged students and their families with road-safe curriculum aimed to increase the number of students who safely walk, bike and scooter to D51 schools. SRTS is currently hosted at half of the community's elementary schools with the goal to reach 100 percent of D51's elementary and middle school community.
Bike to School events raise awareness of the need to create safe routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.