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National Bike to School Day May 7

walkbiketoschoolTeachers, parents and students of all ages across the state will join with others around the country to celebrate National Bike to School Day Wednesday, May 7. In Washington, participating schools are planning special events that promote the enjoyment of cycling while providing bicycle-safety education, opportunities to practice safe riding skills, and a chance to have fun.

Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking. They also emphasize the importance of physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. With these events taking place around the state, the Washington State Department of Transportation reminds motorists to share the road and watch for young bicyclists and pedestrians, especially around school zones.

Meanwhile, Washington state will officially celebrate Bike Month in May with a signed proclamation by Governor Jay Inslee describing the many benefits of bicycling. For the seventh consecutive year, Washington has been named the nation’s No. 1 “Bicycle-Friendly State” by the League of American Bicyclists.

May 6, 2014/KMAS News