Bike to School Day 2014 Registration Now Open

 National Bike to School Day 2014 Registration Now Open
Join tens of thousands of children, parents, school officials, and many other supporters for the third annual Bike to School Day on May 7, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (February 11, 2014)— We're gearing up to ride together again! The National Center for Safe Routes to School announces National Bike to School Day registration is now open. A total of 1,705 schools across the country participated in the second annual event in 2013. The momentum for this event is building as last year we saw an 80 percent increase in participation since the inaugural event in 2012. Schools, parents and community members can now register a Bike to School Day event at www.walkbiketoschool.org.

Bike to School Day is a national event that 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.

Although Bike to School Day is a one day event, it is leading to long term change. Students, parents and teachers are using Bike to School day to inspire transformation in their communities. Last year tens of thousands of children made further connections than just their trip home to school. Students participated in the Global Youth Traffic Safety month and developed youth peer to peer education projects, supported increased enforcement of traffic laws and advocated for stronger laws to protect young people on the roads. Nearly 64 percent of event organizers reported that their Bike to School Day event was a part of an ongoing bicycle program.

“We had two bike trains line up at predetermined locations and ride back to school. Students, staff, parents, grandparents and siblings all joined the fun. A greeting station was set up and provided water and healthy snacks for the riders. The bike rack was overflowing! Free helmets were provided for those in need. The overwhelming response was “we should do this more often!”” explained a school nurse at Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua, NH.

National Bike to School Day joins the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, led by the League of American Bicyclists each May, and builds off the 17 years of success of International Walk to School Day.

Bike to School Day event registration is free and open to all individuals and/or organizations planning a 2014 Bike to School Day event in the United States. Registering a Bike to School Day event provides organizers access to a variety of downloadable materials, including stickers, certificates, badges, classroom activities and a chance to win bikes, helmets, and other giveaways.

The event website includes Bike to School Day and Walk to School Day event planning resources, as well Map-a-Route, a GIS-powered mapping tool. Map-a-Route allows users to create and share bicycling or walking routes to school via easy-to-use maps.

Started in 2012, National Bike to School Day is based on the Walk to School Day model. Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to build awareness for communities to be more walkable. The one-day event has now grown to a month-long celebration every October. In 2013, students and parents from more than 4,400 U.S. schools joined millions of Walk to School Day and Month participants worldwide.

For more information on bike and walk to school activities in the United States, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

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About the National Center for Safe Routes to School
Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The National Center serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Part of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, the National Center also provides technical support and resources and coordinates online registration efforts for U.S. Walk to School Day and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation. For more information, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org.

About the League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.

Contact:

Colleen Vasu
Communications Manager
Safe Routes to School Programs
(919) 962.7769
vasu@hsrc.unc.edu