Record-Setting Number of NC Students and Communities to Celebrate Bike to School Day

Nearly 150 North Carolina schools are hosting National Bike to School Day events this year, a new record

Record-Setting Number of NC Students and Communities to Celebrate Bike to School Day
Image: Pexels
May 4, 2016

Thousands of students and parents across North Carolina are taking part in National Bike to School Day today.

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.

According to the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT), nearly 150 North Carolina schools are hosting National Bike to School Day events this year, 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 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 says that the 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 on National Bike to School Day, visit walkbiketoschool.org.