Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Bike to School Day promotes health, safe walking and biking

D51 students will walk, roll or bike to school on May 9

Mesa County residents should be extra cautious during their commutes Wednesday, May 9 because thousands of students will be walking, rolling or biking their way to school for Bike to School Day.

Bike to School Day promotes an active lifestyle and finding safe routes to school. Children who walk or bike to school will see improvements in more than just their health.

Walking, rolling and bicycling to school helps students:

• Reach the recommended goal of 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
• Arrive at school energized and ready to learn.
• Gain a sense of independence.
• Learn and practice road-safe pedestrian and bicycling skills.
• Leave the car behind and improve air quality.
• Take an active role in their well-being.

Bike to School Day events build connections between families, schools and the community. Take the time to walk or bike to school with your child and talk about the benefits of using different modes of transportation.

Students attending Chipeta, Rocky Mountain, Pomona, Clifton, Rim Rock, Shelledy and Orchard Avenue elementary schools, Fruita and West middle schools, and Palisade high school will bike and walk to school on Wednesday. Encourage your children to bike and walk, as well.

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