Marshall Herman 804-692-2134

May 5, 2014

More than 65 events planned for elementary and middle schools in Virginia

RICHMOND — On May 7, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), along with communities across the commonwealth, throughout the country and worldwide, will join together to celebrate International Bike to School Day. Schools, towns, public health organizations and parents alike are organizing group rides and other activities to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school.

VDOT 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.

To date, more than 65 schools in Virginia are listed as registered on the National Center for Safe Routes to School’s website for Bike to School Day, The total number of participating schools is expected to grow throughout May, which is National Bike Month.

“Many of these registered schools have received funding or technical assistance through our Safe Routes to School program,” said VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. “However, they have all taken it upon themselves to participate in Bike to School Day, and send a message to students about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.”

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 internationally each October.

Visit to see if your school is registered, or check out VDOT’s Safe Routes to School webpage at to see how you can get your community involved. Additional information can also be found at the website for the National Center for Safe Routes to School at

For additional information, please contact Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator Robert Williams at 804-371-4868.



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