More than 150 schools in Michigan will join students around the country in observing the third annual Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7. Thousands of Michigan students, along with their parents, teachers and community leaders, are expected to participate.
“Bike to School Day events help raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking, and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity for children,” said Marilyn Lieber, president and CEO of the Michigan Fitness Foundation. “Bike to School events build connections between families, schools and neighborhoods while enhancing pedestrian safety and reducing traffic congestion.”
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 nationally and internationally each October.
Wednesday’s event is being organized by the Michigan Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, which works to create new, safe routes for children to travel to and from school, and promote mental and physical health.
As part of the Michigan Fitness Foundation, the Michigan SRTS team partners with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to work with schools, families and communities across the state to enhance active transportation through a variety of modes. Federal funding for SRTS programs was established by Congress in 2005 and continued under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) of 2012. MDOT’s role is to administer the federally legislated SRTS program.
The Michigan Fitness Foundation and the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports work to bring about behavior change through programming, special projects and events that encourage citizens to build physical activity and sound nutrition into their daily lives. By empowering, promoting and celebrating healthy choices, the Foundation works to foster prosperity for all.
For additional local information about Bike to School Day, please contact Ben Kohrman at 517-908-3833 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, please visit these websites:
Michigan Safe Routes to School – www.saferoutesmichigan.org
Walk and Bike to School Day – www.walkbiketoschool.org
National Center for Safe Routes to School – www.saferoutesinfo.org