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Fort Collins Joins the Nation in Celebrating May 9 as Bike to School Day

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The City of Fort Collins, Poudre School District and local school kids are pleased to celebrate Bike to School Day for the first time in Fort Collins! On Wednesday, May 9, many local schools will put out the red carpet to encourage kids to bike safely to school. The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, celebrated across the nation — and the world — each October. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the nation to join together to celebrate active transportation to schools and the benefits of active transportation for children’s health, academic achievement and the environment.

“National Bike to School Day is an opportunity to celebrate the bicycle as a viable transportation option for people of all ages, including schoolchildren,” says Nancy Nichols, Safe Routes to School coordinator for the City. “Kids who walk or cycle to school have a leg up on better health and better grades in school — by simply getting a bit more exercise on their way to and from school.”

Several local schools will celebrate National Bike to School Day. Participating schools will vie for ten free bike racks from the National Center for Safe Routes to School in partnership with Saris Cycling Group.

"It will be a great celebration at Laurel Elementary," says Bevin Barber-Campbell, parent champion of the Bike/Walk to School Program. "Kids can hop on the bike train from the public library or join the walking school bus from our remote drop-off location. We'll have music, balloons, a mascot, free coffee for parents, and breakfast at school."

This effort is part of the City’s goal of teaching 11,000 schoolchildren annually about how to safely bike/walk to school and to get at least 40% of local K-12 schoolchildren walking or biking regularly to school. For more information on the City of Fort Collins efforts on safe travel and the Safe Routes to School program, visit fcgov.com/saferoutes.