Raleigh - Thousands of students and parents across North Carolina will celebrate the joy of pedaling to school during National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 4. This one-day event is part of a national effort to encourage more families to consider getting to school on foot or bike. Students have the chance to be part of the next, healthy generation who use walking and biking to complement motor vehicle travel as ways to get around.
Nearly 150 North Carolina schools have registered events, setting a new record for participation in the state. And while North Carolina is the ninth most populous state in the country, it currently ranks fourth in the most number of registered Bike to School Day events.
"The North Carolina Department of Transportation is proud to support Bike to School Day in North Carolina," said Lauren A. Blackburn, AICP, Director of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. "Biking to school is a great way for children to be physically active and we encourage students and families to look for opportunities to ride or walk, whether it's to school or to explore their communities and our state."
NCDOT's Safe Routes to School Program will join families and community members in Moore County for Pinehurst Elementary School's Bike to School Day event. Students, parents, the town mayor and the school superintendent among others will help cheer for students as they roll to school. Local police will ride with the students.
The growing popularity of Bike to School Day in North Carolina is due in large part to Active Routes to School, a partnership project between the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Ten Regional Active Routes to School coordinators are working to make it easier for elementary and middle school students around the state to safely walk and bike to school.
Bike to School Day gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together in bicycling to school on the same day. The national event is part of the movement for year-round safe routes to school and encourages bicycling to school as a healthy way for kids and families to make their school commute. For more information, visit walkbiketoschool.org.
Coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, Bike to School Day joins the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, led by the League of American Bicyclists each May.