Marshall M. Herman 804-692-2134
May 5, 2015
VIRGINIA TO OBSERVE NATIONAL BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY
More than 100 events expected at schools around state on May 6
RICHMOND, Va. – As communities throughout the nation prepare to mark the fourth annual national Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 6, Virginia will have more than 105 schools registered to take part in their own events.
That number is expected to grow in the days leading up to 2015’s Bike to School Day, as well as throughout May, which is National Bike Month.
Schools, parents, towns and public health and transportation organizations, among others, are organizing bike trains, group rides and other activities to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing safe, student-powered transportation to school.
Last year marked the biggest turnout in Virginia since Bike to School Day began in 2012, with 120 schools participating in events throughout the commonwealth. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), which administers the federal Safe Routes to School program for the state, expects to surpass that number this year.
The Virginia Safe Routes to School program recognizes the many benefits of active transportation and the role that Bike to School Day plays in encouraging students to make that choice.
“National Bike to School Day is a great opportunity for students and parents to try biking to school as a healthy alternative to driving,” said Robert Williams, coordinator for VDOT’s Safe Routes to School program. “It only takes one ride for someone to realize that getting on a bike beats sitting in a car every day.”
Be sure to check www.walkbiketoschool.org for participating schools in your area.
For more information, contact Robert Williams at 804-371-4868, or visit these websites:
- VDOT Safe Routes to School Program http://www.virginiadot.org/programs/srsm_school_travel_plans_and_grants.asp
- Walk to School Day in the USA www.walkbiketoschool.org
- National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org