WILMINGTON –- Communities across the nation will celebrate
the joy of riding a bicycle to school on Wednesday, May 9 during National Bike
to School Day. The national event is also being celebrated by the following
HOLLY TREE ELEMENTARY
ST MARK CATHOLIC SCHOOL
EDWIN A ANDERSON ELEMENTARY
WALTER L PARSLEY ELEMENTARY
The local events are designed to call attention to bicycle safety as well as
the health benefits, community benefits and the alternatives to driving a
vehicle. Coastal communities, such as Wilmington, have warmer weather that is
conducive to biking.
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 NCDOT
and the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Ten regional coordinators are
working to make it easier for elementary and middle school students around the
state to safely bike and walk, both to and at school.
Coordinated by the National Center
for Safe Routes 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 and a full list of participating
schools in North Carolina, visit walkbiketoschool.org.