Raleigh - Nearly 20 schools in the Raleigh and Durham area took part in the National Bike to School Day celebration on Wednesday, May 10. It is a national event to encourage students to consider going to school on their bike or on foot.
More than two dozen Wake County schools were part of the celebration, including the Davis Drive, Holly Springs, Wake Forest and Powell elementary schools. In Durham County, the Club Boulevard, Lakewood and Eastway elementary schools were also participating. And the event was not just for schools in the larger cities as Falls Lake Academy and Mount Energy Elementary in Creedmoor held rides.
More than 2,700 schools were involved nationwide, with nearly 190 of them in North Carolina. It was the second highest total in the nation, and set a new record for the state.
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 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.
The full list of participating North Carolina schools can be found on the Bike to School website. For more information about Bike to School Day, visit the National Center for Safe Routes to School website.