MANTEO - From Hertford to Hatteras, 15 schools in northeastern North Carolina are taking part in the National Bike to School Day celebration on Wednesday, May 10. It is an annual event that is part of a national effort to encourage young people to consider going to school on bike or on foot.
Participating schools in the area include E.J. Hayes Elementary and Rodgers Elementary in Williamston, Hertford Grammar School in Hertford, J.C. Sawyer Elementary and Pasquotank Elementary in Elizabeth City, and Nags Head Elementary, Kitty Hawk Elementary and Cape Hatteras Elementary on the Outer Banks in Dare County.
More than 2,700 schools are involved nationwide, with nearly 190 of them in North Carolina. North Carolina boasts the second highest number of participating schools in the country, and this years total sets a new record for the state. A complete list of North Carolina schools that are involved can be found on the Bike to School website.
The growing popularity of Bike to School Day in North Carolina is due in large part to Active Routes to School, a partnership between the Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Ten regional coordinators help elementary and middle school students around the state to safely bike and walk to and from school.
For more information about Bike to School Day, visit the National Center for Safe Routes to School website.