Fort Collins hosts a major cycling event, the USA Pro Challenge on Saturday, August 24 making it the perfect time to inspire students to bike to school. And to make it even easier, the day before race day (August 23) is this school year’s official Bike to School Day. Children who participate are eligible to receive prizes from the USA Pro Challenge, and a few lucky schools will have a professional bike racer on hand to help welcome the students to school. The pro racer will sport his or her team “kit” (uniform) and racing bike.
Schools are back in session and children aren’t the only ones who need to keep an eye out for safety- motorists do, too. Always obey speed limits and avoid distracted driving. Motorists should scan for pedestrians and cyclists at all times, particularly at intersections. The National Safety Council offers many tips for motorists, parents and kids about safely using any mode of transportation to get around. Visit www.nsc.org
Locally, the City’s Safe Routes to School program aims to get at least 50% of local kids walking or biking to school regularly. To encourage more biking and walking, City staff calls for volunteers to launch more “walking school buses” and “bike trains” to safely escort kids to school under adult supervision. Walking school buses and bike trains work the same way as a school bus; adult leaders have a list of kids to pick up and guide safely to and from school.
For information on volunteering to get kids safely to school or the City’s efforts in safe transportation, visit www.fcgov.com/saferoutes
or call 970-416-2357.